Bishop gives praise to Nottinghamshire highways team
Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways maintenance team has been praised for keeping the county moving by the Bishop of Sherwood, Rt Revd Anthony Porter, better known as Bishop Tony.
The Bishop requested a visit to see staff at the Highways depot in Bilsthorpe to give his thanks for their hard work. The County Council maintains Nottinghamshire’s 2,600 miles of roads through its partnership with highways contractor, Via East Midlands.
The Bishop met with members of the gritting teams who helped keep the county on the move during the recent harsh winter weather.
He also met highway maintenance crews and inspectors who have had a busy start to the year repairing potholes and road surfaces across the county.
With the ‘Beast from the East’ in particular taking its toll on the quality of the county’s roads, teams have already repaired more than 75,500 potholes this year since January. This compares to 70,700 for the whole of 2017.
The Bishop also spent time talking to the emergency response team who attend a variety of different situations across Nottinghamshire, including some particularly difficult and distressing incidents.
He then received a full tour of the Bilsthorpe Depot, learning about the breadth of Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways services and meeting more staff along the way.
Bishop Tony said: “It was a privilege to thank the workers who have tirelessly and unselfishly worked to repair the highways after a particularly difficult winter.”
Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place Committee Chairman commented on the visit, he said:
“It’s always good to hear about positive feedback such as this, so I’m delighted that the Bishop Tony has taken the time to meet our highways team and thank them in person.
“I would like to extend this by adding my own thanks to highways colleagues for keeping the county on the move, often in very tough conditions over the winter months.
“For example our gritting teams more than doubled the amount of runs compared to last winter, clocking up a staggering 300,000 kms which is equivalent to making 10 return trips to the South Pole.
“We may currently be seeing very high temperatures now, but the harsh, freezing conditions from only a few months back helps explain why we are seeing far more potholes than usual, which is why we are investing more than ever.
“An extra £20 million in road maintenance has been allocated on top of the existing budget over the next three years. While it is not possible to repair all of Nottinghamshire’s roads with the funds we have available, our teams are working hard to make sure the repairs we do make are ones which will save taxpayers’ money in the long-term and that the network is kept as safe as it can be.
“Our teams do fantastic work throughout our four highways depots across the county helping to keep roads open where possible.”
Residents can check latest highways website page which shows all the programmed improvement works using our online map. Simply enter your postcode to find out what highways works are planned this year near you. www.improvingyourroads.co.uk.
Doug Coutts, Managing Director of Via, which manages highways work on the Council’s behalf, said:
“I was honoured to welcome Bishop Tony to our depot and I’m really pleased that he took some time out to meet with our staff and find out more about their roles.
“Many staff are out on the county’s roads, sometimes in very difficult conditions, so it is always great for them to know that their efforts are appreciated by people within the county.”