On the road to clean up in the town

Coun Barrie Crowther hands of the keys to the van for Cramlington's new community warden Matt Nash.
Coun Barrie Crowther hands of the keys to the van for Cramlington's new community warden Matt Nash.
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A NEW scheme to help clean up Cramlington has hit the road.

Residents will be able to see the new white van on the roads which is helping tidy up communities.

Community warden Matt Nash has been taken on by Cramlington Town Council after the local authority chairman Coun Barrie Crowther paid for the van using the vast majority of his members’ small scheme allowance from his role on the county council.

Matt – employed and paid by the town council – will carry out work such as cleaning bus shelters and maintaining benches, work which the town council undertakes out on behalf of the county council.

He will also respond to requests from local people to have urgent clean-up work done in their neighbourhoods as well as inspect playgrounds once a week and put up or repaint fences.

Coun Crowther spent £10,900 on the van, which has been repainted to advertise the scheme.

And he said there was keen interest in the job, with the council receiving 63 applications before these were cut down to the final shortlist.

There is also the opportunity to take on an apprentice.

Coun Crowther said: “We will work in partnership with the county council.

“There will be no duplication of service and even if there was I would have thought that the Cramlington public would want their problems solved straight away rather than wait.”