Council Leader praises staff for response to inclement weather
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, has praised Council staff for their efforts to keep the County moving during the recent cold weather.
Sub-zero temperatures, heavy snowfall and strong winds that caused snow drifts plunged the Vale and much of the Country into difficulties late last week and over the weekend.
St Athan had more snow than anywhere in the UK overnight on Thursday, with an incredible 55cm falling in a matter of hours, and transport routes were made dangerous or even impassable by the freezing conditions.
But the Council’s Emergency Planning team sprang into action when snow was forecast, coordinating the Authority’s response, while individual teams within the organisation worked to get the Vale back on track.
Snow ploughs were sent to clear many major roads and a fleet of 4x4s dispatched to help ensure key personnel reached their destinations, including carers looking after the elderly and vulnerable.
In addition, the communications department kept the public informed of the latest situation regarding the local highway network and any problems they might encounter and our contact centre continued to operate throughout the adverse conditions.
Cllr Thomas said: “Like much of the UK, we have had to deal with some particularly testing weather conditions over the last few days. Freezing temperatures and snow drifts made travelling around the County treacherous, but I’m hugely proud of the response our hard-working staff were able to mount to cope with the situation.
“Many went above and beyond what was expected of them, working through the weekend to ensure disruption to Vale residents was kept to a minimum.
“I know we have already received a large number of supportive messages from members of the public following those efforts, and I would like to add my voice to those expressing their gratitude. I’m extremely appreciative for the commitment shown and everyone involved should hold their heads high for the way in which we as a Council were able to deal with a very challenging predicament.”
Rob Thomas. Managing Director, agreed, saying: I am extremely grateful to our employees who worked hard on Friday and throughout the weekend to keep our emergency services going and to protect our residents from the risks of the unprecedented weather conditions.
Colleagues worked hard to coordinate the emergency response, responded to emergency calls and continued to deliver much needed front-line services. The weather conditions were extremely challenging and I am fully aware of how much hard work was involved in responding to the situation. It is this dedication and commitment that marks us out as a leading organisation.
Among the measures taken to limit the weather’s impact was the decision to close all schools in the County on Wednesday night before snow started falling.
Cllr Bob Penrose, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank schools in the Vale for their cooperation during the recent spell of bad weather.
“Prompt action from Council officers and clear communication with school staff ensured together we were able to react effectively to the situation. This partnership meant measures were put in place to cope with the conditions and ensure neither pupils or staff were not put in any unnecessary danger.”