New super sweeper to hit streets of Ashington

29 Mar 2017

A new mechanical street sweeper is now  out in force in Ashington keeping the  town centre clean and tidy, every day of the week.

The  pedestrian sweeper has been bought  by Northumberland County Council to keep  Station Road, which was recently re-opened to traffic, and its adjoining streets, litter free.  

It is  flexible enough to  safely access  pavements and manoeuvre between parked cars and includes a high-speed powerful brushing system which will remove everything from cigarette butts and cans, to bottles, weeds and leaves. It  even  has a poop scoop function to pick up dog mess and spray clean the pavement afterwards!

The green machine  is the latest addition to the  authority’s  street  cleaning fleet  which is deployed  around the county and hard at work seven days a week.

Paul Jones, the council’s Director of Local Services and Housing Delivery said:  “The Council has invested £1.5m to redevelop Station Road in Ashington, as part of its plans to enhance the town centre environment and boost the local economy.  This new Green Machine will ensure that the we do our best to keep the town centre clean and tidy and looking its very best for many years to come. We have also been asking local people to do their bit by disposing of their waste responsibly - and we are doing ours by upgrading our service and investing in equipment that will help us do the best possible job when it comes to cleaning pavements and public spaces. ”

The sweeper  is  efficient and convenient. It draws in all kinds of waste and shreds it to a third of its size; it even grinds glass to the size of large grains of salt giving a longer sweeping operation and lower fuel costs.

“ Although all of our Neighbourhood Teams are working hard to maintain street cleanliness, the first line of defence against litter is people themselves. Through our ‘Love Northumberland, Hate Litter’ campaigns we actively encourage people to dispose of their litter responsibly in the bins provided, or take it home with them.  We have a zero tolerance approach to the minority of people who choose to drop litter, with our teams of enforcement staff having issued over 291 Fixed Penalty Notices for littering and dog fouling across the county last year.”  added Paul Jones.

Station Road in Ashington was re-opened to traffic in December in a move  designed to boost local trade, improve the look of the street and help deliver wider economic benefits as part of the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.