Investments made to keep roads clean

(left) Councillor Peter Mullineaux and (right) Ron Augustyn
(left) Councillor Peter Mullineaux and (right) Ron Augustyn

South Ribble Council has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure the streets of the borough will be kept clean.

Three new road sweepers have been purchased by the council.

The new vehicles will replace older ones that were coming to the end of the road.

South Ribble Council has invested £250,000 in the new additions.

Two of the road sweepers will be for use on footpaths, car parks and back alleys.

The third is a larger road sweeper which has been supplied by manufacturer Leyland Trucks.

It will be equipped with cutting-edge technology to keep its emissions low, allowing the council to do its bit for the environment.

This is just the latest improvement to the council’s fleet of vehicles following on from last year’s £800,000 investment in six new waste collection wagons.

South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and streetscene, Coun Peter Mullineaux, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to work closely with Leyland Trucks and support a local business by investing in a vehicle that was designed and built right on our door step.

“Wherever we can we always try to work in partnership with local suppliers.

“This is a great investment for the future and will enable us to continue keeping the borough clean and green.

“Every year the large sweepers cover the same distance as driving from Leyland to Paris and then back again, and the mini ones travel the equivalent of more than 2,000 laps around the London Olympic Stadium athletics track, so it’s vital that we have a fleet on which we can depend.”

Ron Augustyn, Managing Director at Leyland Trucks Ltd, said: “We are pleased that our local authority has selected DAF LF trucks designed and built here at Leyland Trucks for their road sweeper requirements.

“Leyland Trucks has been making trucks since 1896 and is the only volume truck maker remaining in the UK.”