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Poole council tests severe weather response before winter arrives
WHEN winter arrives Poole council should be prepared – following an exercise aimed at ensuring it is well on its way to coping with ice and snow.
Gritters were out as Borough of Poole carried out a day-long test of its response to severe weather.
With highways, cleansing and grounds maintenance staff on the ground, activities were co-ordinated from an operational control room at the Hatch Pond depot, linked to staff manning the emergency control room at the Civic Centre.
“The severe weather resilience exercise was a useful learning experience,” said Kate Langdown, street scene services manager.
“We carried out comprehensive tests on our operational response to severe weather and our internal and external communication needs.
“This exercise demonstrated that our plans are robust but flexible enough to respond to uncertain chan-ging conditions. We will now complete our preparations for winter.”
The council tested its effectiveness at gritting main roads with four grit-ters testing routes, priority sites for manual gritting and communications between the two control rooms.
Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation said: “The snow and ice during the last two winters have presented a huge challenge. Our staff worked through-out the night on several occasions to make sure Poole didn’t grind to a halt.
“The lessons learnt from the last two winters, together with those from this exercise, will ensure we are as prepared as we can be for the months ahead but we would ask residents to also make preparations.”
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