New wagons sweep in to clean up

Eight new road sweeping machines are cleaning up the streets of Northumberland thanks to an invest to save programme by the county council.
Eight new road sweeping machines are cleaning up the streets of Northumberland thanks to an invest to save programme by the county council.

NEW road sweeping machines are cleaning up the streets of Northumberland thanks to an ‘invest to save’ programme by Northumberland County Council.

Local services teams have been brushing up on their street cleaning service after they took delivery of four new compact and four new heavy-duty sweepers.

Each new machine will be out operating on streets and pavements in the north, west and south east areas of the county for around 40 hours a week.

The sweepers have replaced old and worn-out machines and can collect much higher volumes of litter, leaves, car debris, dirt and weeds in each load than those which they are replacing.

Each is also more fuel efficient and will improve the environment not only through cleaning but also by removing pollution from the roads before it has a chance to enter the drainage system.

Working more quietly than older machines they will also produce less noise pollution – making them suitable for work at all times of the day or in more enclosed environments.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member responsible for neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council, said: “These new vehicles are a great addition, as part of our ethos of invest to save.

“They will help our teams to complete work more quickly, are more efficient and can remove more debris and mess from our roads than ever before.

“Investing in the new sweepers is another component of the council’s programme of improvement, and of its commitment to maintaining high environmental standards across Northumberland.”

For more information on street cleaning in Northumberland visit www.northumberland.gov.uk