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The Fylde (/ˈfaɪld/) is a coastal plain in western Lancashire, England. It is roughly a 13-mile (20-kilometre) square-shaped peninsula, bounded by Morecambe Bay to the north, the Ribble estuary to the south, the Irish Sea to the west and the Bowland hills to the east. The Borough of Fylde is a local government area covering the south of the Fylde plain over an area of some 64 square miles with a population of just under 80,000 though that swells dramatically in the summer months with the tourists flocking to the seaside.
One of the famous towns in the borough is of course Lytham St Annes which is internationally renowned for golf and has four courses and links, the most notable being the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, one of the host courses for the Open Championship, also known as the “British Open”, which has been a competition course since first hosting the Open in 1926
We consulted with Fylde Borough Council over many months during the procurement process as we wanted to be sure that they got a tailored solution specifically for their needs. This initially meant meeting with the fleet department to get a full picture of what they wanted to achieve, with particular emphasis on the operational capabilities, with a lot of feedback given directly from the operators.
A detailed specification was then put together, discussed with the drivers, and then Fylde requested a demonstration of our new sweeper as their existing equipment lacked the durability they need as the collect a lot of sand and sand is in plentiful supply in Blackpool! But they also need it for other functions such as road clearances after traffic incidents.
After successful completion of the demo we were very pleased to receive the order for 2 new VIAJET 6 Dual Sweep mounted on a DAF LF 16000 Kg chassis. The specification includes a complete stainless steel hopper, a uprated fan, John Deere Auxillary Engine, Pneumatic Wander Hose, High pressure system (incorporating the extended package, with water jet bars to the channel and roller brushes.
They have now been in operation for a few months and they have proved to be extremely reliable and very efficient with any task that they are asked to complete.
Ben Lord, Regional Account Manager for FAUN Zoeller says ‘We hope that this will be the start of another strong relationship in the North West Area, and are looking to use this as another building block to grow our Sweeper presence in the area’.