READY TO CLEAN UP THE CITY

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Sue Kirby sue.kirby@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @suekir­byjp

Thou­sands of stu­dents are get­ting ready to clean up the streets of Sun­der­land.

Up to 3,000 young peo­ple from Sun­der­land Col­lege will be mak­ing their mark on the city by tidy­ing up the place over three days, start­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The stu­dents have been called in to re­vamp the city with clean­ing, lit­ter pick­ing and paint­ing.

One of the big­gest tasks will be com­pletely trans­form­ing the Park Lane out­door mar­ket units ready for small traders to op­er­ate there in the run-up to Christ­mas.

The units, the ma­jor­ity of which are empty, will be stripped out, cleaned and re­painted.

The project, called 100 Quick Wins, will see at least 100 jobs done to spruce up the city and is a joint scheme in­volv­ing, Sun­der­land’s Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict (BID), Sun­der­land Col­lege and Sun­der­land Coun­cil.

Tasks in­clud­ing the paint­ing of shut­ters, weed­ing and lit­ter pick­ing will be un­der­taken by the col­lege stu­dents and staff across the three days, while the coun­cil fo­cus on some of the big­ger tasks at hand.

The ini­tia­tive hopes to high­light the on­go­ing re­gen­er­a­tion of the city cen­tre, build­ing lo­cal pride and a sense of aware­ness about the im­por­tance of keep­ing the city cen­tre look­ing good.

Among those pre­par­ing for the hard work are BTec art and de­sign stu­dents Emily Thomp­son, 19, and Jes­sica Houghton, 16, who will be tak­ing part in the Park Lane mar­ket re­vamp.

Emily said: “It should be a good event.”

And Jes­sica added: “It will be a great way to show­case our art­work.”

Kirsty Cur­rie, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of BID, said: “We al­ready have lots of peo­ple lined up for the units for Christ­mas, with crafts and gifts.

“Fol­low­ing on from this we hope to get peo­ple us­ing them and we have had a lot of in­ter­est.”

Jane Reed, Sun­der­land Col­lege’s di­rec­tor of dig­i­tal, cre­ative and busi­ness, who is lead­ing the project, said: “It is a good op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to get in­volved in some­thing like this. It will give them a great sense of pride.”

Run­ning from Oc­to­ber 18-20, a range of prod­ucts and equip­ment are needed to help make 100 Quick Wins a suc­cess and the hope is the city will sup­port the call.

Any firms which wish to lend or do­nate items of equip­ment, or see the full list of what is re­quired, should email kirsty.cur­rie@sun­der­land­bid.co.uk

“This is a good op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents” JANE REED

Sun­der­land Col­lege stu­dents to take part in a Sun­der­land City Cen­tre clean up and paint project.

Lit­ter pick­ing will be in full swing as part of a big clean up project.

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