Keeping the streets tidy

Two new street cleaning machines will be keeping the county’s roads litter free as part of an initiative to keep Northumberland tidy.

Northumberland County Council has invested in two new machines that are able to work on public footpaths without damaging the surface and manoeuvre around street furniture such as bins, benched and flower beds.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “This is an investment into a cleaner, greener Northumberland, but we will not get there without everyone pulling in the same direction.

“Residents need to take responsibility for their own rubbish – rubbish is the responsibility of everybody.”

The new equipment cost more than £140,000 and will operate mainly in the Ashington and Cramlington areas, although they are able to travel to any part of the county if and when required.