Clean sweep for road cleaners

From the left: Councillor Ron Conway, Arthur Price, Andrea Yates, Jon Hulme, Mark Balderstone, Dave Lyon, Andy Sixsmith, Mark Connelly, and Councillor Chris Ready
From the left: Councillor Ron Conway, Arthur Price, Andrea Yates, Jon Hulme, Mark Balderstone, Dave Lyon, Andy Sixsmith, Mark Connelly, and Councillor Chris Ready

THREE Wigan road-sweepers have received special recognition from the community where they work.

Mark Balderston, Andy Sixsmith and Mark Connelly all received Heart of Community awards at a ceremony at Canon Sharples school in Aspull for their sterling efforts.

The trio, who work for Wigan Council’s street cleansing team, were praised by bosses, local councillors and members of Aspull, Whelley and Springview Forum for keeping the area clean.

Coun Chris Ready said: “The guys were gob-smacked to be given such a great award.

“Sometimes we don’t realise how lucky we are to live in a great town and it is thanks to people like Andy, Mark and Mark for keeping our area clean and tidy. It might be worth thinking that when people drop litter.”

John Hulme, from the area’s community forum, added: “The work these guys do is great and they make our community’s clean tidy and a pleasure to live in.

“Keep up the good work and thank-you.”

Andy has been employed by Wigan Council since October 2006 and his main duties have been driving the small mechanical sweeper within his area which includes Aspull and Whelley.

The award is particularly poignant for him as he has decided to retire at the end of March.

Mark Baldstone took over the Aspull and Whelley cleansing job in 2013.

In this time he has maintained the high standard of cleanliness in all weather conditions. Up until recently Mark has been cycling to the depot from Bolton, always arrived on time.

Mark Connolly, who drives the large mechanical sweeper, has been with Wigan Council since 1986.

He also covers the 24-hour emergency call out team that deals with issues such as car crashes.

Dave Lyon, waste and environment manager at the council, said: “On behalf of Waste Services I would like to thank the forum for recognising and awarding the hard work of the team and in particular Andy, Mark and Mark.

“It is always nice to see acknowledgement from the communities we serve that we are delivering a quality service and maintaining the borough to the highest standard for all our residents, businesses and visitors.”