Posted on March 18, 2013

Local Councils are responsible for many operations across their villages, towns or cities. Litter picking, providing equipment for the public and minor construction work are all part of the councils job to improve the environment. We have put together 15 things that the council may need to carry out these operations.

1. Litter Picking Equipment
Litter Picking is not one of the most exciting jobs, but needs doing as part of the councils responsibility to improve the environment. Litter Pickers are the best thing for the job alongside a holdable bag hoop to make it easy for the worker to put rubbish into the bag. The long handles on the pickers make it easier for the operator to pick up rubbish without bending and hurting their back or any other part of the body.

2. Brooms
Does anyone remember the Only Fools and Horses episode ‘Heroes and Villains’ (1996)? Within the episode, Trigger, a road sweeper, was presented an award for saving the council money. He talks about how he has had the same broom for 20 years. “And that’s what I’ve done. Maintained it for 20 years. This old brooms had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.” Good old Trigger!

3. Litter Bins/Doggy Bins
Whether its on a park, playing field or along the street, the public will need a litter bin to put their rubbish into, otherwise it ends up on the floor. Having a number of smart, easily accessible bins, like the Pickwick Litter Bin from The Workplace Depot, will ensure that rubbish will be put into them. Doggy Bins also
need to a priority in public areas. The majority of councils put a fine in place if anyone is seen not picking it up, but these bins need to be placed if these rules are going to work.

4. Grit Salt and Equipment
When the wintry season comes around, we are more than likely to see some ice and even some snow. To keep the roads and paths safe for pedestrians and drivers, councils need grit salt and all the equipment that comes with it.

5. Cigarette Bins
Seeing cigarette ends on paths can make the place very untidy and disgusting to walk on. This is similar to having litter bins and doggy bins, councils need to provide the bins in major public places, so smokers have somewhere to put the finished cigarettes. Bus stops, shopping areas and public parks are the main places where cigarette bins should be provided.

6. Cycle Shelters/Bike Racks
Bike storage should be available to the public when out and about in busy areas such as shopping centres, parks, playing fields or employment areas, and ever since the 2012 London Olympics, more and more people are riding on their bikes instead of take the car or public transport to places.

7. Traffic/No Waiting Cones
If an area needs cordoning off quickly by the council because of immediate repairs or damages, then the council can quickly do this with basic traffic cones. Or if a street is famous for its quick and easy parking spaces and it causes congestion on a busy day, then the council can place down No Waiting Cones along the side of the street to prevent vehicles from parking there.

8. Road Signs
Maintaining every aspect of the roads can be a hard job if the area is quite big. Road signs can become damaged and wear away if not maintained regularly. At The Workplace we sell a range of road signs from 5mph circular signs to slow rectangular signs.

9. Graffiti Removal
We all that vandalism has become a popular activity in many places and cracking down on it is important but repairing the damage an removing graffiti. Graffiti removal kits are designed for caretakers and workmen and can remove graffiti off any type of surface.

10. Step Ladders/Ladders
When some painting or maintenance work needs doing, the council need to provide a way for workers to reach high up. The traditional ladder is the best solution for this. Ladders and Step ladders come in a range of sizes so the right ladder can be chosen for the right job.

11. Padlocks
Padlocks are a reliable way of securing council premises to prevent, theft or damage to the premises or any equipment.

12. Two-Way Radios
There maybe workers everywhere within the area and one way of contacting them easily is through a radio a.k.a walkie talkie. When workers or the council need to contact someone, immediately then a two-way radio is the best option as they don’t lose signal in areas like mobile phones do, so you will be able to contact however you want instantly.

13. Multi-Purpose Guards
If councils want to carry out temporary maintenance work, then a multi-purpose barrier is ideal for making workers and the public aware of the potential hazards. This barrier can be used alongside traffic cones if any part of a road or footpath needs closing off.

14. Bollards
Bollards are a perfect solution for permanently restricting traffic access to a pedestrianised area. Bollards are available in a wide range of designs to suit any venue such as shopping centres, car parks and playing areas.

15. Line Marking Paint
Line marking paint can become handy when minor construction work needs doing. The paint can be used to mark areas which need repairing, the most common use of the paint could be to outline potholes, car parks and play areas.