Cllr Simon Cook with the giant hoover on the A2

Council leader dons Serco orange for A2 clean

It may not be haute couture, you can’t say it’s not visible.

Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook has donned the orange uniform of the authority’s cleaning contractor Serco to help with a clear up of the verges of the A2.

One of the main routes into Britain from the continent, the road is plagued with litter.

Much of it is blamed on lorry drivers who throw rubbish from their vehicles.

Cllr Cook, whose Nailbourne ward sees the A2 run through it, joined the cleaning crew today.

Simon Cook retrieves a metal frame

One of the devices they used was a giant hoover for sucking up litter from the side of the road.

From a distance, it resembled the trunk of an elephant.

The nearside lane was closed so work could take place.

Sophie Tupman, who lives and works in the city centre, says she is pleased with Cllr Cook’s efforts.

The 23-year-old said: “It’s good that the council leader is doing his bit.

“I’ve been worried about the mess I see in Canterbury sometimes and I’ve seen the rubbish on the A2. It got pretty bad. Hopefully, it will be much cleaner from now on.”

Cllr Cook will later ditch the Serco orange and instead don a suit and gown for the annual meeting of Canterbury City Council.

It is the authority’s main ceremonial event of the year and the occasion when the new Lord Mayor of Canterbury and Sheriff are selected.

The outgoing Lord Mayor is the Conservative Cllr Rosemary Doyle and her outgoing deputy is Cllr Colin Spooner, a Conservative and former policeman.

The meeting takes place in the Guildhall at 7pm and is open to the public.

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