EIGHT new road sweeping machines have taken to the streets.
Northumberland County Council’s local services teams have been brushing up on their street cleaning skills after they took delivery of four new compact and four new heavy duty sweepers.
Each new machine is being deployed to work on the county’s road and pavements for a period of around 40 hours a week.
The council said the new sweepers were needed to replace old and worn out machines, and the new ones can collect higher volumes of litter, leaves, debris, dirt and weeds in each load than the old vehicles.
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 the 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 county 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