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Carlisle is the county City of Cumbria, just 10 miles south of the Scottish border and is the administrative base for both the city council and the county council. Originally established by the Romans to serve the forts on Hadrians Wall as time passed Carlisle, due to its close proximity to Scotland, became an important military stronghold and much of the castle still stands today.
Carlisle City Council not only have a large population of the city itself to look, home to just under 109,000 people but they are also responsible for an area of just under 402 square miles including the towns of Brampton and Longtown. Carlisle City Council is actually the largest council in England by area although much of the area is rural. In 2012 it was also voted ‘Britain’s Happiest City!’
Stephen Rickerby, Fleet Manager at the Council said ‘When we were looking to replace the fleet we were particularly impressed with both the manoeuvrability and payload of the ROTOPRESS. This was particularly important to us as we are building many new properties in the area and access is vital without increasing either the vehicle or fleet size’.
During the tender process FAUN Zoeller arranged multiple demonstrations of the vehicles so that Carlisle City Council were comfortable with the products and could specify exactly what they needed for their detailed requirements.
The initial order was for 2 x 20 m³ ROTOPRESS, 2 x 18 m³ ROTOPRESS all fitted with Zoeller Delta Lifters on Mercedes Econic 6 x 2 rear steer chassis.
Carlisle City Council is currently focussed on waste and recycling with an extended kerbside recycling service and they have also arranged a number of roadshows to demonstrate how the new system will work.
Ben Lord, Regional Account Manager, was as always on hand to guide Stephen through the process and also to ensure that the vehicles met their specification. ‘I have worked with the Council and Stephen for many months, I am very pleased to announce that they have just ordered a further 3 ROTOPRESS for their green waste collection and I think that faith in our product speaks for itself’