WINTER MAINTENANCE

winter-maintenance

LAST NIGHT I WAS EXTREMLEY DISSAPOINTED WHEN A MOTION I HAD PROPOSED TO SPENNYMOOR TOWN COUNCIL WAS WITHDRAWN BY THE CHAIR ONLY MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING, NO REASON WAS GIVEN.

I WAS GOING TO MOVE THAT “SPENNYMOOR TOWN COUNCIL ENTER INTO DISCUSSIONS WITH DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL TO UTILIZE S.T.C. EMPLOYEES TO HELP WITH WINTER MAINTENANCE IN OUR TOWN AND VILLAGES”.

S.T.C. HAS IN THE PAST BEEN APPROACHED BY DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL TO ENTER INTO A SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT TO UTILIZE OUR LABOUR FORCE FOR WINTER MAINTENACE. HOWEVER, IT WAS FELT BY S.T.C., AT THE TIME, THEY COULD NOT ENTER INTO SUCH AN AGREEMENT.

WITH A NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE IN PLACE AND A REORGANISED LABOUR FORCE I BELIEVE WE SHOULD AGAIN CONSIDER ENTERING INTO SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT; THE EXTENT TO BE NEGOTIATED.

S.T.C HAS, ON THE RECEIPT OF MY MOTION, MADE CONTACT WITH DCC BUT EARLY SIGNS OF AN AGREEMENT DO NOT APPEAR TO BE ENCOURAGING.

FOOTPATHS LEADING TO SCHOOLS ARE NOT CLASSED AS A HIGH PRIORITY BY DCC SO WHY CAN S.T.C. NOT “VOLUNTEER” TO SALT THESE FOOTPATHS WITHOUT A FORMAL AGREEMENT; SALT AND SOME EQIUPMENT WOULD BE SUPPLIED BY DCC. I AM SURE, AT THE VERY LEAST, THIS COULD BE DONE AND STILL GIVE OUR WORK FORCE TIME TO CLEAR THE FOOTPATHS IN THE PARK.

I THINK PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS STUGGLING TO SCHOOL IN THE ICE AND SNOW WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT.  

 

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