Go Plant’s Eastleigh based operation has been supplying large mechanical road sweepers for use on Bournemouth’s promenade during the summer months since 2008, and this year has marked yet another successful partnership.
To ensure a sand-free pedestrian environment, Go Plant’s Road Sweepers operate at the site twice a week between May and September, as well as at other special events held in the city such as the recent Bournemouth Air Festival.
Shaun Smithson, Business Development Manager of Go Plant’s Southern region, explained: “We’re always thrilled to be involved in prestigious local events, and the Bournemouth Air Festival in particular – which we’ve been involved in since the beginning – is just fantastic. It’s welcomed 5.8 million people to the city since 2008, and this year the award-winning red arrows were on display, so there was high footfall during the event.
“The number of additional visitors during the weekend alone meant that the amount of sand and other foreign objects increased dramatically on the promenade, so it’s really important that we operated at certain low-peak times to get the surfaces clean. This prevents sand from blowing around during windy periods, and reduces the risk of slips and falls. As part of the project, we also supplied compact road sweepers to clean Bournemouth Gardens, and maintain the area so that rubbish and debris as a result of such a large-scale event was quickly and efficiently removed,” Shaun concluded.
The Bournemouth Air Festival is in its seventh year and is located between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, including the East Overcliff. The three-day event welcomed 95 year old Wing Walker, Tom Lackey, as well as appearances by the Royal Navy and HM Army who demonstrated their land, sea and air capabilities with a number of static and interactive displays at the Village area on the sea front.
Ian Lane, Cleansing Supervisor at Bournemouth Borough Council, added: “We have used Go Plant sweepers for our Air and Wheels Festivals to give a professional polish to the busiest areas of the seafront. I have always found them to be skilled, competent and conscientious in their duties and look forward to working with them in the future.”