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New Sweepers in NUL Named, Stay Safe This Halloween

Written by on 31 October 2023

Puns aplenty dominated the official launch of four new street sweepers in Newcastle Under Lyme.

The Borough Council invited children from Bursley Academy and Chesterton Primary School to name the latest vehicles to take to the streets.

Powered by Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), the new street sweepers’ emissions are 90 per cent lower than diesel-powered ones  – and they’re cheaper and easier to run.

The pupils responded with enthusiasm and the latest additions to the fleet are now called ‘Sir Sweepalot’, ‘Candy Brush’, ‘Shaun the Sweep’, and ‘Sweepy McSweeperson’.

David Hutchison, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Sustainable Environment, said: “It was great fun to see the children’s enthusiasm and their understanding of green issues was impressive.

“This authority aims to be at net zero carbon by 2030, so moving our vehicles to HVO fuel is one of the many steps we’re taking to achieve that – and of course the new vehicles will help keep our streets clean and tidy.


Halloween can be a fun and exciting time of the year, but it’s important to stay safe while enjoying the festivities.

Trading Standards Officers at Staffordshire County Council have provided some advice for families, including making sure that Halloween costumes comply with safety standards, especially those for children.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said: “Counterfeit costumes are often made with sub-standard materials that do not comply with safety standards and can put the wearer at risk.  Our advice is to always buy goods from reputable retailers and legitimate sources.  It’s also important to be cautious when wearing or using Halloween costumes.  People should stay away from naked flames, as costumes may not be flame retardant and could result in serious injury.

Trick-or-treating should always be done safely – Always go trick-or-treating with a group of friends or family members,  Wear bright or reflective clothing or add reflective tape to your costume. Carry a torch or glow stick to help you see and be seen, and before eating any chocolate or sweets, make sure it’s properly wrapped and hasn’t been tampered with. If you’re allergic to any ingredients, check the label before eating.