Revealed: Kilkenny County Council’s bill for mechanical street sweepers

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Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


Revealed: Kilkenny County Council’s bill for mechanical street sweepers

One of two pedestrian sweepers

Kilkenny County Council has ten mechanical sweepers operating across Kilkenny City and towns with a countywide expenditure for street cleaning coming to over €1.1 million last year.

Meanwhile the Council also purchased six compact sweepers in 2017 which came to a total of €601,470.

The figures obtained by the Kilkenny People through a Freedom of Information request revealed details of the mechanical sweeper operations as well as how much it costs to keep the county clean and tidy.

The local authority have two truck mounted sweepers, six compact sweepers and two pedestrian sweepers at their disposal.

A truck-mounted sweeper was purchased in 2016 for €184,315 while six compact sweepers were purchased last year for €100,245 each.

Two pedestrian sweepers were also purchased last year for €23,985 each.

The City area boasts one truck mounted sweeper which operates exclusively in the City area along with two compact sweepers and two of the new pedestrian sweepers.

For the county, there’s one truck mounted sweeper which operates throughout as per an agreed rota at a frequency of five days a week.

There are four compact sweepers and one each operates in Callan, Thomastown, Castlecomer and Graignamanagh six days a week.

The expenditure codes for street cleaning contains wages, hire costs of sweepers, insurances, petrol/diesel, repairs, disposal costs etc.

In Kilkenny, the costs in 2016 were €717,265 and this jumped to €728,468 last year.

For Castlecomer, street cleaning expenditure came to €90,768 in 2016 and €126,594 last year. Callan’s figures meanwhile were €86,350 in 2016 and €91,782 in 2017.

The Graignamanagh and Thomastown areas had an expenditure of €157,228 for 2016 and this rose to €176,195 last year.

Finally, Piltown’s street cleaning expenditure was €10,514 in 2016 and last year’s total came to €12,020.

The “large Johnson” sweeps every approach road and inner City roads on a weekly rota from the Ring Road to the outer core.

It also sweeps various housing estates within the old Borough Boundary and “it is desired that these estates are swept at least once a month”.

The two precinct sweepers work independently either side of the river and sweep roads, laneways and larger pedestrian areas.

The two pedestrian sweepers look after footpaths and lanes only on a daily basis. The Castlecomer area includes Johnstown, Freshford, Ballyragget, Clogh, Moneenroe and Paulstown.

Piltown takes in areas like Ferrybank, Mooncoin and Kilmaganny. Thomastown and Callan cover areas like Kells, Knocktopher/Ballyhale and Inistioge.