Businesses urged to clear up after Midhurst spring clean

Councillors and volunteers who turned out to spruce up the town CONTRIBUTED
Councillors and volunteers who turned out to spruce up the town CONTRIBUTED

MIDHURST has had its annual spring clean to get the town centre ship-shape for the tourist season.

Organised by the town council, members and volunteers worked their way through the town centre, cleaning up litter and weeds.

John Quilter, vice-chairman and member of Midhurst Town Team, formed to promote the town, said volunteers were impressed by the litter-free areas but disappointed so many businesses and private homes had not cleared weeds in front of their properties.

“I do understand weeds grow back frequently, but I would urge residents and traders to spend a little time periodically removing weeds from their frontage and to take pride in our town.

“We found the yellow-painted houses overrun with weeds, a boutique hotel with wooden garden chairs on top of a carpet of weeds, a florist with a prominent display of weeds outside, and three residential developments which were among the worst for uncleared weeds in North Street.

“It was especially disappointing that two national chains, a coffee shop and a pharmacy, were also offenders.”

“I would ask traders and residents to adopt the continental approach and keep their own street frontage clean.”

Organiser Glyn Upjohn, chairman of the community care committee: said “I was very pleased with the number of councillors and volunteers who turned out to help. It is so important we do all we can to keep the town as tidy as possible.”