OUT-IN-FORCE GRITTERS KEPT CEREDIGION ROADS SAFE

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Cambrian News photographer - Council workers spread 1,560 tons of grit on Ceredigion roads during the recent bad weather

COUNCIL workers spread more than 1,500 tons of grit on roads, worked seven continuous 12-hour shifts, and travelled over 10,000 miles over the course of four days to keep the county moving in the grip of the wintry weather at the start of the month.

The Cambrian News reported “Plummeting temperatures, strong winds, and heavy snowfall in parts of the county from Thursday, 1 March, into the weekend saw schools and roads closed, and weather warnings in place calling for residents to only travel if “absolutely necessary”.

Ceredigion County Council said its Winter Plan had been effective in keeping roads as safe as possible, while the authority made an early decision to close all schools and day care centres on Thursday and Friday in anticipation of extreme conditions.

While conditions, and the level of snowfall, were not as severe as expected, council workers still worked tirelessly for four days.

A council spokesperson said: “Council workers have recently spread 1,560 tons of grit on the roads and have carried out seven continuous 12 hour shifts.

“Council vehicles responding to the wintry weather have travelled approximately 10,100 miles.”

All county roads were reopened by Monday, with some closures in the south of the county lasting into Saturday and Sunday due to ice and snowdrifts.

Waste collection services, suspended on 1 and 2 March, restarted on Monday, with collection teams attempting to clear a backlog.

Cllr Ray Quant MBE, the Cabinet member responsible for technical services said: “The outstanding teamwork and dedication shown during the adverse weather situation is to be highly commended and I’m sure everyone is very grateful for their work” here.

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