Local authorities are working to keep their streets and highways tidy by devising plans for new equipment to undertake these functions.
In the past year, we have seen councils gain a share of millions of pounds to deliver road improvements in their regions.
Back in August 2017, the Transport Minister confirmed £75 million would be shared out between local authorities for schemes such as road repairs and improvements, flood resilience measures, and improved drainage.
However, this neglects another important function of councils up and down the country: the need to maintain streets and their cleanliness.
This type of function helps with traffic flow because potentially dangerous substances including broken glass are removed.
Public highways, roads and pavements also suffer from flytipping, which can once again, cause delays, accidents, and result in avoidable use of other resources.
At a time when local authorities are suffering from a squeeze in finances, it is a much more acute problem to fund the equipment needed to improve the roads and highways in each locality.
However, it is still very much a necessity to sweep roads, pavements and public land to remove any litter, dirt, hazardous substances, while also improving the environment.
Larger councils, such as Manchester Council, operate a rolling programme of street maintenance. Regular reviews are also undertaken to make sure the different needs of the city’s neighbourhoods are met.
Like many councils, Manchester prioritises the areas with highest footfall or usage. In order to do this, street cleaning equipment such as sweepers are needed.
It is something that Harrow Council has invested in so that every street is cleaned at least once a week thanks to its purchase of mechanical street sweepers.
Harrow Council has identified the need for this type of equipment, which in turn, highlights the important role the suppliers and manufacturers of street maintenance equipment are to local authorities, and – in a wider context – England’s highways.
Councillor Graham Henson, said: “We want to take back our streets and make Harrow clean again.
“We’re doing this by investing more money into this service as well as issuing fines to those caught blighting our borough, and it’s great that residents are already telling us about how their neighbourhood is improving.”