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Gritters thanked for their hard work during harsh winter weather

Workers Thanked: Northampton: Northamptonshire County Council bosses thank highways workers from MGWSP for their hard work over the winter months, gritting roads. 
Workers with l-r Ian McGivney (operations manager- MGWSP), Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, Paul Blantern (NCC Chief Exec), Mark Garnett (MGWSP Site Agent). 
Friday 1st February 2013

Workers Thanked: Northampton: Northamptonshire County Council bosses thank highways workers from MGWSP for their hard work over the winter months, gritting roads. Workers with l-r Ian McGivney (operations manager- MGWSP), Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, Paul Blantern (NCC Chief Exec), Mark Garnett (MGWSP Site Agent). Friday 1st February 2013

 

More than 100 workers from the county’s gritting team were thanked at a special ceremony for their hard work during the snow.

Highways chiefs at Northamptonshire County Council held a breakfast event at the County Ground in Wantage Road for the workers this morning.

The council’s head of transport and highways, David Farquhar, praised the MGWSP contractors, who kept the roads clear of snow and ice during the recent severe winter weather.

He said: “We held a thank you event three years ago and over the the last three years we have had fairly significant winters so we decided to do it again.

“The men work 24 hours a day and start early in the morning and work late into the night. They are the unsung heroes.

“People don’t always notice them as they work in off-peak hours.”

Mr Farquhar said the cricket club provided the room free of charge and the event only cost about £100 but it was a small gesture of thanks to the workers.

Highways workers have gone on 77 grit runs so far this winter season and faced temperatures as low as minus 9C.

A total of 16,000 tonnes of gritting salt has been distributed on the county network, including 8,225 tonnes during the two-week cold snap.

County council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage thanked the 130-strong workforce at the reception, and added: “I think when a team of people does such an excellent job it’s important that they receive the recognition they deserve.”

 

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