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Outstanding effort by NPT Council staff in atrocious weather

02 March 2018

‘Hats off in particular to gritting crews’ says Council Leader, Rob Jones. ‘Public service at its best’.

Our gritting drivers have been working round the clock over the last 24hours

The Council's gritting drivers have been working round the clock over the last 24hours. Conditions were particularly hazardous in the Upper Afan valley at around midnight last night, but the gritting team managed to regain access in the early hours of this morning.

Continuous gritting to the main routes will continue throughout the morning and over the next 24 hours, with hand gritting and JCB’s concentrating on side streets leading to main roads and shopping areas. 90 Neighbourhood Services staff are out around the county borough clearing snow and hand gritting. Highways and Drainage gangs are also out in JCB’s, pick-ups and tippers working with neighbourhood staff to clear snow and spread grit. All gritters are out and, depending on the forecast, will be back gritting the four main routes tonight. Grit bins are being re-filled across the county borough.

In addition, a number of fallen trees in Tonna/Clyne, the B4242 and Wern Ddu have been removed. A private tree has come down on Gilfach Road, Neath, but the roots have damaged the footpath which is being made safe and another nearby tree has also been cleared. Drifting on the access to the Gnoll has been cleared, and a large fallen beech tree is currently being removed.

Please consider whether your journey is absolutely necessary before travelling today and stay safe.

Homecare Services:

In another example of public service at its best, NPT Council Homecare staff managed to deliver all Homecare calls last night (1/3/18). The teams used four by four vehicles to reach outlying areas, and some workers made visits on foot to ensure that vital calls were made.

Some Community Care Assistants who were on their day off volunteered to cover calls that were within walking distance from their homes, and others are on standby to cover colleagues who can't get in or have to go home if the weather worsens.

Council Leader, Cllr. Rob Jones said: “Well done to all the staff for their efforts to deliver these vital services to the most vulnerable in our communities”

Up to date information on any service disruptions is available on our dedicated webpage www.npt.gov.uk/severeweather or our Twitter - @NPTCouncil and Facebook - Neath Port Talbot CBC accounts.

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