Going green to win the war on grime

October 31 2019

COULD this be Kingswood's weapon in the fight against grime?

Going green to win the war on grime

COULD this be Kingswood's weapon in the fight against grime?

The new environmentally-friendly road sweeper has been funded by the Love Our High Streets project, which will see £3m pour into the area.

The electric device will provide a dedicated cleaning service for Kingswood's High Street and surrounding roads, helping improve the area's appearance.

The investment follows a’ survey last year in which 62 per cent of Kingswood respondents identified litter as a big issue.

The road sweeper was launched on October 14 by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage, near the junction of Moravian Road.

The sweeper that previously serviced the area will now be deployed to other high streets in South Gloucestershire such as Thornbury and Chipping Sodbury.

The electric sweeper is part of the council's plan to move to a greener fleet of vehicles, including plug-in electric cars and electric bicycles for staff use, which will help the authority reduce CO2 emissions and fuel costs.

The council is also investing in a number of solar-powered compaction bins for the High Street that utilise energy from the sun to help compress waste, holding up to 10 times more waste than conventional bins and therefore reducing the amount of journeys required to empty them.

Cllr Savage said: “It is great to see this sweeper take to the streets and help keep Kingswood clean and presentable as part of our investment in the area. We are committed to lowering our carbon emissions and innovative solutions such as the new sweeper and bins will play an important role in helping us achieve our aims.

The new road sweeper and compaction bins have been funded by the West of England Combined Authority through its Love our High Streets project.

Tim Bowles said: “Love our High Streets aims to help revitalise local communities by giving high streets and town centres a real boost, across our region. This first step in Kingswood is a great start and will pave the way for people to take a fresh look at their high street.”