Hotel staff muck in to clean up the city in time for the Royal wedding

CLEAR-UP Victor Twine of Street Scene, BJ Schreuder general manager of Portsmouth Marriott Hotel and Ben Heusquin, manager of the Ibis Hotel Portsmouth make a start at The Hard in Portsmouth.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (111147-8055)
CLEAR-UP Victor Twine of Street Scene, BJ Schreuder general manager of Portsmouth Marriott Hotel and Ben Heusquin, manager of the Ibis Hotel Portsmouth make a start at The Hard in Portsmouth. Picture: Malcolm Wells (111147-8055)
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STAFF from hotels across Portsmouth have got together to organise one of the biggest voluntary clear-ups of the city.

The Big City Clean-Up has been organised by the Greater Portsmouth Hoteliers’ Association, which will be focusing on five litter hotspots.

They will be joined by Highbury College, South Downs College and Portsmouth City Council – providing a 100-strong group of volunteers.

Teams of around 25 people will blitz Western Road, near Cosham railway station, Ferry Road, in Eastney, the Eastern Road, Southsea Common and seafront and the foreshore at The Hard.

BJ Schreuder, chairman of the Hoteliers’ Association, said: ‘Hotel companies are always keen to look after the environment.

‘With the Royal wedding coming up and generally having tourists and visitors in the city, I suggested the association should do a clean-up together. What we didn’t realise was how many people we would get for it.

‘This is one of the biggest responses we have had.

‘We will be out with matching T-shirts and caps.’

The city council will be providing litter pickers, bags and clothing for the Big Clean-Up, which takes place between 2pm and 4pm on Monday.

Victor Twine, of the council’s Street Scene scheme, said: ‘This is one of the biggest voluntary clean-ups that has been organised in recent years.

‘These areas always have visible rubbish and so it’s great that we’re going to tackle them.’