Tuesday 30 December 2014 at 14:00

Councillor Jayne Dunn, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said:

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience following the recent snowfall followed by several days of freezing temperatures. I know that there has been some disruption, but over recent days we have had a good level of buses running. We have worked closely with the NHS to keep hospital sites in a good state and we have also assisted directly in enabling some patients to be moved. Thankfully, the thaw has begun and the city will soon be back to normal.

“After every major event of this kind we look at how our services may be improved and how the city coped and we will do this next week. I am keen though not to make snap judgements that could be ineffective or waste public money. Every event of this kind is slightly different, but I have already adjusted the priority gritting routes to improve safety and keep traffic moving in the city.

“Looking at where grit bins are located has been raised with me and this will be part of what we look at to see what difference that might have made. I will also want to know if more can be done with the bus operators and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport to keep all our services ‘on the road’.

“The latest snowfall arrived over the Christmas holiday period, so traffic was not as busy as normal which meant less disruption . This though also had the effect that the grit was not worked in to help melt the snow. We have though gritted throughout the period with all our resources. We are now facing the challenge of dealing with the snow that has been compacted into ice on side roads which, as most of us will have experienced, has made it almost like concrete. We are making progress with this, but the thaw will help us with this and make all roads passable.”