Street cleaner hired to keep Newark town centre clean and tidy

28 December 2016

A cleaner specifically tasked to keep the streets of Newark town centre spick and span is helping to the thwart the scourge of litter.

Armed with his barrow and brushes, Robert Sproates has been tasked to keep the heart of the centre in first-rate order in response to a growing perception that standards may have declined.

More visitors, new events and a growth in the evening economy have all contributed to a growing litter problem unacceptable to all in the community.

As a result, Newark and Sherwood District Council has teamed up with Newark Town Council in a new initiative to employ Robert as the town’s designated grime-buster.

Robert will be based at the Brunel Drive depot but will spend every day cleaning up Newark town centre. He says: “Newark is a great place and it’s good to be playing a big part in keeping it clean and tidy.”‌

Councillor Peter Duncan, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood’s Leisure and Environment Committee added: “ By having a traditional street-cleaner with his barrow and brushes, we aim to keep the town centre in tip-top condition.

“His work will be focussed specifically on it and will supplement the excellent street-cleansing and bin-emptying service that the district council already provides. However, everyone who passes through Newark can play a role in keeping it tidy by each making sure that they dispose of their rubbish properly. Newark is a beautiful place, let’s keep it that way!”

Councillor David Lloyd, leader of Newark Town Council, said: “We are delighted to see this first step toward joint working to keep our town clean, tidy and welcoming. 

"We have been working with the district council on a series of proposals to develop a 'clean strategy' for Newark. In addition to supporting community litter picking, this new facility allows us to concentrate on areas with the highest daily litter volumes. Watch this space though! In the months to come, we will run campaigns to tackle litter and review the number (and locations) of litter bins and dog bins throughout our town.

"Albeit we are doing all we can to raise awareness, improve bin provision and generate more pride in Newark, it is still saddening to see a minority despoiling the town with carelessness and disregard. We can all do our bit and by far the best solution is to 'bin it' in the first instance." 

The sweeping route includes Queen’s Road, Appleton Gate (town side), Appleton Gate Car Park, King’s Road, Wilson Street, Newark Market Place, Northgate (to Cow Lane), Northgate/ Bargate, Kirkgate, Middle Gate, Stodman Street, Castlegate, Stodman Street, Portland Street (to Pelham Street), London Road (To traffic lights/ old hospital), Sherwood Avenue, Carter Gate, Bede House lane, Barnby Gate (Town side of Sherwood Avenue), Balderton Gate, London Road Car Park, St Mark’s Place access road, The Wharf, Great North Road (to the livestock market) and Friary Road.

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