Cleaner streets being at the top of most residents’ list of frontline priorities, York’s Conservative-led council has invested a significant portion of last year’s budget underspend new street-cleaning equipment, which has just been delivered and ready to be put to use.
Two new street cleaning machines and additional members of staff will be working through the week to clean and sweep the city centre and keep on top of emptying litter bins.
The new machinery includes an additional pedestrian mechanised sweeper to focus on litter and one vacuum machine to remove rubbish such as cigarette butts. Two new operatives will be appointed to use these machines during the peak tourist season, with an additional member of staff to support the emptying of litter bins.
Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council, said: “Investing in this important frontline service is vital for our city. With this new equipment and the return of existing street cleaning machines to our streets, which had been waiting for manufacturers’ safety modifications to be made following an accident, I’m pleased to say that our street cleaning service is now running at full capacity.”