Volunteers could be trained to drive a road sweeper in a bid to clear Skipton
The PEOPLE of Skipton could be trained to drive a mini-sweeper in an attempt by the city council to clear the streets.
Councilors supported the idea of buying or hiring a sweeper to support the work already done by Craven Council.
The idea is that the sweeper will be used to clean main street lanes and ginnels and downtown residential roads.
And, it will be used not only by council staff, but more importantly by resident volunteers and community groups who will be trained in its use and covered by council insurance.
Councilor Peter Madeley, who proposed the idea at a recent special meeting of the council’s utilities committee, said it was enthusiastically received by his fellow councillors.
He said that although the Craven District Council was responsible for keeping the town’s streets clean, there was not much they could do.
The idea would be to give it a try for a year to see if it was well received.
“The idea is that we train well-trained volunteers to drive the sweeper. The town hall will take care of the management, maintenance and insurance,” he said.
“It’s about getting people interested in helping, because people want to help.
“Some streets in the Middletown area are very difficult to clean and are never cleaned.”
The sweeper can also be equipped with a supply hose to facilitate cleaning.
“It could also be used for the market to clean sidewalks and facades and to clear ginnels,” he said.
The idea received support from the Public Utilities Commission, which requested more information to move it forward.
The meeting was told that other councils in the area, including Pendle, had similar plans and that the sweeper could also be used to keep the town’s playgrounds clean.
Cllr Claire Nash suggested funding might be possible from Skipton BID or the government-funded Heritage Action Zone project.
It was also suggested that sponsorship might be possible from some businesses in the city.