Ulverston clean machine puts pressure on vandals
Last updated at 16:21, Friday, 20 September 2013
BUSINESSES in Ulverston could clean up thanks to a new machine designed to keep the streets looking tidy.
The town council has acquired a new heated pressure washer with contributions from sponsors GlaxoSmithKlyne, Marl and Costa Coffee.
The washer will now be used to remove chewing gum from pavements, clean off graffiti and keep road signs looking like new.
Pat McIver, site biopharm lead at GSK, said: “It’s a really good investment for our area to give the town a bit of a lift. I think people will look after the town better and they’ll really appreciate when a bit of spring cleaning gets done.”
He added that making Ulverston more presentable could also give a boost to the local economy.
“We have a lot of important visitors to the town and it’s vital to give a good impression. I’m looking forward to seeing the town sparkling.”
The idea came from Councillor John Clough after representatives from businesses raised concerns about the state of some of the town’s public spaces.
He said: “The chewing gum is one of the main problems, as well as the graffiti around Ulverston.
“Hopefully, it will pay for itself, if not through renting it out, then through doing the jobs that people want done.”
The machine, which can carry up to a ton of water, will also be used to deep clean public toilets and water communal flower displays.
Ronnie Johnston, the town’s handyman, said it would make his job much easier. He said: “When the signs need cleaning, normally I’m going round with a bucket of water and a sponge and doing it by hand. But with this I can get it all done in half an hour.”
The pressure washer has already been put to good use removing all traces of graffiti from Stockbridge Lane.
Another advantage of the washer, as Cllr Clough explained, is that it uses one of the area’s most abundant natural resources.
He said: “It has a filter on top so it can fill up with rain water. It’s quite an impressive machine, and if the worst comes to the worst, we can always make coffee in it.”
First published at 15:55, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Could someone come and clean up all the chewing gum on the Weint and lower Market Street?
GlaxoSmithKline does not contain a Y !!