Test Valley Borough Council has taken delivery of three new electric powered pedestrian sweepers as part of the local authority’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

The new machines, which were approved in the council’s 2020 Climate Emergency Action Plan, will be replacing the council’s existing fleet of diesel pedestrian ones.

Portfolio holder for environmental services, Cllr Nick Adams-King, said: ‘It is excellent news that these new electric powered sweepers have arrived. By moving to electric, we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst continuing to maintain high cleanliness standards in our town centres.

‘It’s also important that we are not disrupting town centres, so these improved performance machines will not only make the job quieter but do their job to an even higher standard.

‘Any action we take that makes us closer to becoming carbon neutral is a positive step forward in the right direction.’