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Brighton Journal | 26th May 2020

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Abseiling cleaners swoop in to save the day

Abseiling cleaners swoop in to save the day
Hannah Midgley

The litter situation in Brighton has got so rubbish, that the council has had to call in a team of specialist abseiling cleaners to remove a huge pile of debris from Madeira Terrace.

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 © Sussex Rope Access

The dream clean team ‘Sussex Rope Access’ had to access the terrace from a height, as pedestrian access onto the raised walkway has been “deemed unsafe by structural engineers.”

Although the mid-level area has been barricaded, people had climbed over the barriers to set up camps. They are no longer there, but they left needles, mattresses, supermarket trollies and a lot of rubbish behind. The only way to safely access this waste was from above.

Rachel Chasseaud, who is the council’s assistant director of City Environment has said:

“Our structural engineers have told us that the mid-level of Madeira Terrace is very dangerous for people to walk on or have machinery on as it could collapse.

“We fenced the area off to make clear no one was allowed, so it was a real concern that rough sleepers had set up camp and then left piles of rubbish

“Some people walking on Marine Parade above the terrace walkway had also tossed rubbish into the fenced off area. It was too dangerous for our staff to work on the walkway, so we called in Sussex Rope Access who are professionals in getting into difficult areas by abseiling.” 

The abseilers joined forces with City Clean stuff, who were waiting at the bottom with a truck to take the rubbish away. The council say that the process will be repeated until the area can be made safe.

Rachel added:

Everyone has done a brilliant job and removed a lot of dangerous items like drug needles and other potentially harmful items. 

“Committed volunteers had contacted us to say they were prepared to go in and remove the waste, but as a responsible local authority, we couldn’t allow any member of the public to put themselves in danger.”

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