Clean sweep for new partnership at Hexham

Hexham is set to receive extra sweeping and street cleaning thanks to a new partnership initiative between the county and town councils.

A state-of-the-art Hako sweeping machine has been bought and a driver employed to improve cleaning regimes across the town.  

Hexham Town Council and Northumberland County Council are working together to deliver improved cleanliness in the town - aiming to make it a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

The work will enhance the current manual litter picking activity through use of this new mechanical sweeper, greatly improving the cleanliness of footpaths across the whole town.

A new street barrow with brush and other tools have also been purchased, and will be used for manual sweeping in pedestrianised areas and the more hard to reach ‘nooks and crannies’ around the town centre.

The Hako machine will undertake regular sweeps of the town centre and also sweep pavements in all of Hexham's housing estates on a scheduled basis.

Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said:  “We want to work with communities across Northumberland to ensure that they have local areas that they can feel proud of.  This is a perfect example of the county council and local town council working together to tackle the issues that are important to local communities.”

Cath Homer, county councillor for Hexham East said:  “Street cleaning standards in the town are of high importance to residents and businesses alike. This is an excellent example of the county council and town council working together to provide a high quality service. I hope that improvements will be seen by all very soon.”

Bob Hull, deputy mayor at Hexham Town Council said: “This kind of partnership with the county council allows the town council to respond to concerns about general untidiness in the town centre and other parts of the town. We look forward to building on this initiative to further improve the attractiveness of the town centre as a place to shop and visit.”

The jointly branded service will be seen out and about in the town from June.
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