Highways and social care teams thanked for their round-the-clock efforts

Posted on: 21 March 2018

Devon’s highways and social care teams have been thanked for their round-the-clock efforts to keep Devon moving and ensure that the vulnerable received the support they needed.

Despite the challenging conditions, care providers, aided by volunteer 4 x 4 drivers in some locations, and joint health and social care teams continued their support to vulnerable residents.

And highways teams worked non-stop to clear routes as quickly as possible, using approximately 7,000 tonnes of salt during the first three weeks of March.

So far this winter over 21,000 tonnes of salt has been used on our roads – this compares with 9,000 tonnes used throughout the whole winter season last year.

Initial estimates suggest these two snow events may have cost around £1.2 million to deal with.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“We made the right decision in receiving an additional shipment of salt in between the two snow events and our gritting teams have treated over 160,000 miles this winter.

“The freeze and thaw will no doubt have caused damage on our highway network and we’re trying to assess that at the moment.

“Our thanks go to our contractor’s gritter and snow clearance drivers, our highways staff, and our dedicated health and social care teams who have worked around the clock to respond to the severe weather.

“Praise must also go to volunteers, such as 4×4 drivers and our snow wardens for the role they’ve played, and local communities that have rallied together, during this time.”

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