STATE-OF-THE-ART vehicles have been purchased as part of the county council’s drive to keep Northumberland tidy.
Due to their lightweight design, the two new cleansing machines are able to work on public footpaths and walkways without damaging the surface and manoeuvre around street furniture such as bins, benches and flower beds.
The older machines are only able to operate on highways, so narrow streets and back lanes could only be reached by manual barrows.
The new vehicles have improved the speed and efficiency of street cleaning. As a result, the council’s streetcare team is getting to more hot spot areas.