Mayfield streets to sparkle through new cleaning program

25 Aug 2023

Footpaths along Mayfield's main shopping strip will be looking brand new this week thanks to a pressure cleaning trial designed to improve the cleanliness and visual appeal of the precinct.

City of Newcastle (CN) has collaborated with the Mayfield Business Improvement Association (BIA) to undertake the trial as part of the Special Business Rates program, which is designed to activate and beautify business districts.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the trial is being rolled out in response to feedback from the community and local businesses.

"Together with the Mayfield BIA, CN has listened to the community about the cleanliness of its suburban shopping precinct footpaths," Cr Clausen said.

"By cleaning and maintaining our suburban shopping precincts, we improve their visual amenity to ensure they are inviting places for people to visit, with the benefits flowing onto local businesses.

"The Mayfield BIA has been forging ahead in recent years to enhance the appeal of the precinct with a range of wonderful community activations including the Mayfield Arts Trail and Mayfield Day, which are now annual events."

Mayfield BIA Chair Tony Sansom welcomed the trial, which is being implemented along an area pegged as the next growth corridor.

"Mayfield is transforming before our eyes with young couples and families moving into the area, and new cafes and specialty shops popping up along Maitland Road with the changing demographic," Mr Sansom said.

"I think more people are seeing the potential of the area with its close proximity to the city.

"It's been close to 10 years since the footpaths along Maitland Road have been high pressure cleaned, and we can’t wait to see our high street shopping strip sparkle once again.

"We are working collaboratively with City of Newcastle to minimise the disruption to our local businesses and their customers by completing the pressure cleaning after hours."

Cleaning will commence on Friday 25 August between the hours of 6pm and 2am.