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Lambeth has new weapon in the war against grime

Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, in revamped Windrush Square, Brixton with the new Powerflex cleaner

Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, in revamped Windrush Square, Brixton with the new Powerflex cleaner

Bustling Lambeth streets are benefiting from a new high tech street cleaning machine that washes, scrubs and dries pavements.

Lambeth Council’s latest town centre investment will be used to help maintain the borough’s newly improved public spaces, including Windrush Square, Herne Hill, Venn Street and The Cut.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We have invested heavily in our public spaces and town centres to help communities and the local economy flourish.

“This new high tech street cleaner will ensure they stay in pristine condition for years to come.

“Residents and local businesses have told us how important clean streets are to them, and this latest investment shows we are acting.”

The new machine being used to clean the borough’s streets is a £55,000 Powerflex vehicle bought by council contractor Veolia.

It is ideally suited to cleaning the high spec, lightly coloured York Stone that has used been used in revamped Lambeth town centres.

The new machine can be used in busy areas during the day without inconveniencing people walking in the street.

Robert Seear, Veolia’s Regional Manager for London South West, said: “We are working closely in partnership with Lambeth Council to provide a high quality service to all residents of and visitors to the borough, maintaining our efforts to keep the streets of Lambeth looking immaculate, while causing as little disruption to pedestrians as possible.

“This highly effective street cleansing machine will go some way in helping to achieve our joint goals.”

The latest investment follows an extra £280,000 being put into this year’s budget for keeping the borough’s streets clean.

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