Investing in our frontline street cleaning services

City of York Council has invested in its key frontline services, which will see additional street cleaning equipment and staff deployed across the city centre from this week.

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 operate these machines during the peak tourist season, with an additional member of staff to support the emptying of litter bins.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader and Executive Members of the Environment, said: “We have made investments into frontline services to boost the efforts to take pride in our city, and this is one of a number of steps which have been taken to work with existing teams and partnerships”.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council, said: “Investing in this important frontline service is vital for our city. For the first time in many months we are pleased to say that our street cleaning service is back to running at full capacit.”

The funding towards the new machines was agreed at Executive on the 21 June.

This month the council has also welcomed the return of cleaning machines back to the frontline to clean the streets of York. This followed an investigation into them toppling over, which resulted in the manufacturer making important modifications.

Whilst the investigation was ongoing, and the machines were off road, the council hired in replacement machines and worked with York BID to ensure a street cleaning service was provided.