THE new street sweep carts are, in fact, the old-fashioned galvanised two-bin type with a small narrow centre compartment to store spare bags, and with nowhere for the operatives to store things such as wet clothing, or personal things like sandwiches and water.
It is not lockable. The operator has to lift the handle bar and the weight of the cart with rubbish in the bins and hold it up at all times when pushing it. It has a cross bar with no handle grips and no pan to sweep the rubbish into, only a shovel.
That means more strain on the operatives by bending down with the shovel.
The present black and yellow heavy duty plastic carts still have eight to 10 years' use. They are a much better design, are more user-friendly and are lockable for safety.
We need to know how much the the new carts cost. Who ordered them and what was their research?
PETER JAMES Wealdstone