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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Carlisle to get spruced up for spring thanks to £300,000

Carlisle is about to enjoy a deep clean, the like of which has not been seen for six years.

Carlisle street cleaning photo
George Bee, of Carlisle council’s street cleansing department, operates one of the machines

The city council has paid £346,576 for four new top-of-the-range street and pavement cleaners.

Two large and one medium-sized machines will be used for wide areas, while a smaller machine has been bought for pavements.

Ray Bloxham, the Conservative councillor responsible for the environment, said the sweepers not only have brushes, but can also wash and disinfect the ground as they go.

There is, however, an 18-week waiting list for the sweepers, so the council has hired one machine until the end of April.

Councillors can volunteer to use some of their remaining small scale community project allowance to pay to have the sweeper in their area.

Mr Bloxham added: “We have used the machine to start doing some very deep cleaning in front of the Civic Centre and in the city itself on the pedestrian areas, because the block paving was looking a bit worse for wear.

“It has come up wonderfully.”

As well as clearing litter, dog mess and chewing gum, the council hopes to also focus on educating those creating the mess and get stricter on enforcement.

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