Hexham welcomes Town Rangers!
Hexham BID is pleased to announce the Town Rangers project to enhance the appearance of Hexham. Working in partnership with the Hextol Foundation, the Town Rangers will deliver cleaning and maintenance to Hexham’s busiest business streets. Trainees and staff from the Hextol Foundation will remove litter and report maintenance issues.
How the project was developed
One of the BID’s projects in the Business Plan is Town Appearance. The BID aims to improve overall trading conditions for our businesses, by enhancing the appearance of the town, making it cleaner, tidier and more attractive. The BID advertised for a local partner to deliver this service. After a competitive tendering exercise, the BID has contracted with Hextol Foundation, who will provide litter picking and occasional cleaning services in key business districts of the town. They will also report more substantial issues to the relevant authorities.
About our key partner, Hextol Foundation
Hextol Foundation is a charity based in Hexham which exists to provide working opportunities and training to those with learning disabilities and mental health needs. This enables its trainees to experience real work environments and to learn important skills needed for employment. It operates several businesses, including Hextol Tans café in St Mary’s Chare, gardening, decorating, packaging, warehousing and catering. It has been in existence for 10 years.
What it WILL do
• Improve the appearance of the town
• Improve trading conditions for businesses
• Improve the perception of the town
• Cover key business and trading areas of the town
• Litter picking on public streets
• Occasional steam cleaning of pavements/hotspots
• Cleaning interpretative boards around the town
• Identification of other maintenance or cleaning issues and reporting to NCC
What it WON’T do
• Replace Northumberland County Council’s statutory services, which will continue as planned
• Replace your existing trade waste collections
• Deal with fly tipping, enforcement, or
• Cover largely residential areas
• Replace services already provided on private land
Who will benefit?
• Hextol Foundation anticipates this contract will enable it to provide an additional 500 hours of work experience for its trainees per annum.
• 95% of waste collected will not go to landfill, being either recycled in Northumberland or used for electricity production.
• 8 routes will cover the town’s busiest business areas on an alternating schedule