One of Lincoln BIG’s “men about town” is celebrating 13 years of service to the city’s Business Improvement Group.
Steve Roney is part of a three-strong team of Street Wardens who take huge pride in keeping the street scene looking smart and welcoming for shoppers and visitors.
And whether you spot him giving a street bollard or seat a lick of paint, in our van delivering essentials to city event’s spaces or responding to visitors’ requests for directions – he usually has a smile on his face or is enjoying a cheery conversation with a passer-by!
More recently Steve will also have been spotted putting the Lincoln BIG gumbuster through its paces, as part of our determination to blitz areas blighted with patches of unsightly discarded chewing gum.
We have also had some special “No Chewy on My Shoey” gum disposal papers printed – which our wardens have supplied to levy-paying businesses.
Steve spent years serving in the RAF in Binbrook, South Wales, Norfolk and Saudi Arabia and a spell with BAe Systems, before taking-up jobs in civvy street. When he joined Lincoln BIG on June 6, 2006 he became part of what was originally a “two-person” team.
“With my forces experience and varied employment background, I thought the Street Warden job would suit me, and it obviously has. A year after I joined, our busy team was expanded to three people,” said Steve.
“We originally worked to remove graffiti and fly posters and also acted as city ambassadors. The workload has expanded since then, especially with the arrival of our Gumbuster machine and street vacuum and general maintenance duties.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said: “Steve’s colleagues were keen to congratulate him on his work anniversary. The jobs he and his colleagues, Danny Mason and Morgan Mellor, are doing are very important. Their efforts are much appreciated.
“As a Business Improvement Group, supporting hundreds of levy-paying businesses, we are determined to make a noticeable difference to the city’s streets.
“Lincoln is growing-fast as a great place to live, learn, work and visit. It also continues to be a real magnet for inward investors and ensuring the city is clean and welcoming is one of our top priorities.”