Date: 10 September 2015
For Immediate Release
Mechanical sweeper to target footpaths in South Northamptonshire
The narrow streets and footpaths in the towns and villages of South Northamptonshire are set to become one step cleaner as a mechanical sweeper arrives in the district for the first time.
Larger urban areas often benefit from small mechanical sweepers that can tackle narrow streets and paths.
And while South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) street cleaning crews do a good job using their four-tonne street cleaner, the smaller roads and footpaths have to swept by hand which can be time consuming using up valuable resources.
This month, thanks to SNC’s partnership with Cherwell District Council (CDC) the small single seater mechanical sweeper rolled into the district and will soon be seen throughout its villages and towns.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services said: “Working in partnership with Cherwell District Council has increased the resources available to us. In this case we now have the use of a smaller sweeper that allows us to give a better service for the district.
"In particular the machine can be used in the narrow alleys in Brackley and Towcester as well as on many footpaths across South Northants.
“This will also free up the time of our cleaning team who will be able focus more on problem areas like the A43 verges and lay-bys.”
SNC’s Chalky White has been keeping the streets of the district clean for more than 25 years. He said: “I can now get on to the pavements and they don’t have to be swept with a broom.
“I can get into all the tight spaces, pretty much where ever you can walk I can get this machine in there.
“And I can see it making a difference already as everyone I’ve spoken to said they are pleased to see it.”
To report a street cleaning issue call SNC on 01327 322092 or the Street Cleansing Supervisor Andy Jones on 01327 322191.