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New sweepers set to shine

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A new fleet of road sweepers will be taking to the streets of Dudley as part of Dudley Council’s pledge to keep the borough clean and green.

Council bosses gave the go ahead for six new vehicles to get to work immediately at a meeting today (26 July).

The new Scarab M25H machines will replace four outdated sweepers, which will go out of commission, and will result in two additional machines being added to the fleet.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare with one of the new road sweepers

They will enable the council to sweep town and village centres, trunk roads and residential estates on a more regular basis.

A crew of 54 people make up the front line street cleansing team, who will cover approximately 2,300 miles every month using the new fleet.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment, said:

It’s great to see the new road sweepers at the depot today, this investment will make a huge difference in our pledge to make our borough as clean and green as can be, and I can’t wait to see the sweepers in action on our streets.
We are working hard to clean our borough but we also take enforcement seriously and I would remind the minority who don’t share in our goals that anyone caught littering risks being hit with a fixed penalty notice fine.

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