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Leeds: £3m for new bin and tipper vans

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Leeds City Council is to spend more than £3m on updating its fleet of bin wagons, tippers and vans.

The money is to be spent on replacing 47 vehicles which have all reached the end of their shelf life.

The investment will pay for 21 new refuse collection vans, 22 vehicles used by the Parks and Countryside department and four for the environmental action team,.

The cash will come from borrowing, and has already been earmarked in the council’s 2014/15 capital spending programme.

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “This latest element of our vehicle replacement programme is being undertaken because a number of our current fleet of Environments and Housing vehicles will soon no longer be fit for purpose.

“Replacing these vehicles will ensure that the service’s fleet remains up-to-date and will allow us to provide the most efficient and cost-effective service possible for the next five-six years.”

A report just signed off by the council’s director of environment and housing says the vehicles being replaced are now “beyond their normal life”.

“The directorate needs to replace up to 47 frontline vehicles to ensure that frontline services can continue to be delivered,” the report says.

“All vehicles purchased will have an expected life of six years, with the exception of waste management collection vehicles, which will have a five year life.

“The capital cost of replacing these vehicles is estimated to be around £3.2m and this amount is fully provided for within the recently approved capital programme.”

The city’s total fleet of bin wagons numbers 80 and those being replaced were bought in 2008.

Vehicles are replaced on a rolling basis, as they reach the end of their working life. Last year, approval was given to replace 125 vehicles as part of the 2013-14 phase.

 

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