CALDERDALE MBC STREET CLEANSING.
Calderdale is comprised of a group of formerly industrial townships situated in a highly scenic part of West Yorkshire, an area of deep winding, urbanised valleys and bleak pennine uplands and hilltop communities.
Calderdale MBC is administered from Halifax and its jurisdiction covers the towns of Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Royd and Todmorden along with a host of smaller townships. The contract for cleaning all these places is currently held by the councils Leisure Services Department, who administer it from Wellesley Park, Halifax.
The team tasked with cleaning Calderdales streets is a quite small and closely knit organisation. The cleaning contract runs for 364 days a year and only on Christmas Day is there no service available. A vehicle remains on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Skeleton services also operate on weekends and public holidays.
Street Cleansing is essentially responsible for emptying public litter bins, removing litter and detritus from the streets of Calderdale,sweeping channels, emptying gullies, clearing up fly tips beds and problem areas, removing dead animals, clearing up after road traffic accidents and sanding over oil spillages. It is not, as many members of the public tend to imagine, in the business of trade and domestic refuse collection!
The setup of street cleansing in Calderdale (2001) is roughly as follows. Street Cleansing is administered by Supervisor Nick at Wellesley park, ably assisted by Mandy. While out on the streets we have-
ROADSWEEPER 1. John D.
ROADSWEEPER 2. Jack C.
MINISWEEPER 1. Steve
MINISWEEPER 2. Richard
MINISWEEPER 3. Barry I.
GULLY WAGON 1. Mick D./Vernon
GULLY WAGON 2. Paul S./ Phil S.
EARLY MORNING VAN Tommy,Tony and Derek
LITTER PATROL VAN (Sowerby bridge etc.) Jim Jarratt
LITTER PATROL VAN (Mixenden NW Halifax etc) Les M.
LITTER PATROL VAN (Rastrick, Hipperholme etc.) Barry W.
LITTER PATROL VAN (Walsden, Heptonstall and outlying areas) Kevin Y.
STANDBY VAN (various drivers - usually 'Daz' S.)
DAYWORKS VAN (various 'pool' drivers usually Bob, Granville, 'Cockney Bob' and Miles!)
HALIFAX CENTRAL - STREET ORDERLIES (Barrowmen) Pat K. and Geoff L.
BRIGHOUSE - STREET ORDERLY - Robert H.
ELLAND - STREET ORDERLY - Norman H.
HEBDEN BRIDGE/MTHOLMROYD - STREET ORDERLY - Harry R.
TODMORDEN - STREET ORDERLY - (Presently Ian W.)
Two GREEN MACHINES are also employed by the barrowmen in Halifax and Hebden Bridge.
Naturally this is only a rough outline of who does what, and this of course varies considerably throughout the year with different people. As you can see there are about 29 personnel making up our department. We are a small, closely knit team and we do a RUDDY GOOD JOB!