TRADERS have branded littered streets and shop doorways in Yorkshire’s most popular seaside destination a “disgrace” as they pledged to carry out a town centre-wide clean-up.
Members of the Chamber of Trade in Scarborough have joined forces with council officers to draw up plans to clear the town’s main shopping streets of litter.
Working with Scarborough Borough Council’s investment manager Nick Taylor and the authority’s environment team, the traders will take to the streets themselves to carry out their clean-up during September.
The Chamber’s president, Janet Jefferson, said: “Some of the shop doorways and footpaths in the main shopping areas are a disgrace and they give a really bad impression both to our local shoppers and visitors who come to enjoy Scarborough.
“Chamber members plan to pick up our buckets and brushes and get to work giving the place a bit of a spruce up.
“We hope it will not only improve the look of the place but also shame those people who own the shops to do more to keep the area clean themselves and also send the message out that we must take a pride in our shopping streets.”
The street-by-street clean-up is being organised to take place during the week starting on September 9 and local traders are being urged to join in.
Mrs Jefferson added: “The more people take part the better and the quicker it will be to get the place looking smart again.
We have to make more of an effort to keep the main shopping streets looking smart – they are some of Scarborough’s shop windows and we have to take pride in them for the benefit of everyone.”
The Chamber has about 50 members, from a wide range of businesses.
Earlier this year, it launched the latest edition of its shopping, events and attractions guide. About 75,000 copies were distributed to more than 400 outlets across Yorkshire and further afield.