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Stepping up the war on grime
Thameside Reporter, June 21, 2001
A ten-strong fleet of revolutionary Green Machines is set to patrol the borough's streets 24-hours-a-day in a bid to combat litter.
Thameside Council launched their latest weapon in the fight against grime this week.
The vehicles not only sweep, but are equipped with a powerful vacuum to suck up rubbish and a special tool to clear dog mess.
The cabinet deputy responsible for District Assemblies, Cllr Philip Wilkinson, said the council would not stop until Tameside's streets are looking spic and span.
"We have revolutionised the way we work. Shifts of workers will be working round the clockto clean up the mountains of litter that are dropped on our streets every week."
"People didn't stop dropping litter when our workers used to clock off at 5:30. Lifestyles have changed. Fast food outlets, shops, pubs and clubs are now open late into the night. We have to be there to clear up after them. Our nightshift will be concentrating on cleaning up town centres once the revellers have gone to bed", he said.
Thameside's District Assemblies are now in charge of the Green Teams, and those in charge say they want to hear from members of the public as to how they should be deployed.
Ashton town manager, Colin Fielding, said: "The Council is investing more money than ever before to keep our streets clean. This year, District Assemblies are responsible for street sweeping, fly tipping and graffiti, grass cutting, gardening and maintaining our parks.
"It costs a lot of money but I'm sure people will notice big improvements."
|Tameside Council leader Roy Oldham tries out one of the new sweepers with Cllr Philip Wilkinson and driver John Power.|