New sweeper to help keep South Northamptonshire clean

Councillor Dermot Bambridge (front) with SNC Street Cleaner Chalky White. NNL-150915-141906001
Councillor Dermot Bambridge (front) with SNC Street Cleaner Chalky White. NNL-150915-141906001

The introduction of a mechanical sweeper will ensure that the streets and footpaths in the towns and villages of South Northamptonshire will remain clean and free of rubbish.

This is the first time a mechanical sweeper has been used in the district and it is hoped that the area will follow the trend of other large urban areas which have benefited from the use of small mechanical sweepers.

While a larger four-tonne street cleaner is already in use by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), the new smaller sweeper will be used on narrower roads, and footpaths that previously had to be swept by hand.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “The council now has the use of a smaller sweeper that allows us to give a better service for the district.

“This will free up the time of our cleaning team who will be able to focus more on problem areas like the A43 verges and lay-bys”.

The sweeper was deployed at the start of this month and it can be expected to be seen in the near future throughout the district’s towns and villages.

It already appears to have been well received by the public and SNC’s Chalky White, who has been working as a street cleaner in the district for 25 years, said: “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, calll SNC on 01327 322092 or the street cleansing supervisor Andy Jones on 01327 322191