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Council staff praised for response to extreme weather

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:00

Teams of workers at Douglas Borough Council have been praised for their hard work during the recent extreme weather conditions that caused extensive damage on Douglas promenade.


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A combination of high spring tides and gale to storm force winds resulted in widespread flooding and shingle deposited on the walkways and gardens, in particular the Marine Gardens, along with damage to the sea wall, railings, seats and electrical installations.


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Council Leader Councillor David Christian MBE JP said: ‘These past few weeks of truly dreadful weather have proved a tremendous challenge to many of our workforce. Teams have been out in all weathers working tirelessly to make the promenade and roadway safe and clear the many tonnes of sand, shingle and debris brought ashore during the high tides. They are all to be thanked for their tremendous hard work, especially those in parks, tramway services, cleansing, electrical services, property services, health and safety and the Borough Engineer’s department.


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‘I am grateful to the Department of Infrastructure for their support at this time and also wish to place on record my thanks to Bill Henderson MHK for taking the time to extend his thanks to our workforce struggling to keep the promenade open last Saturday under appalling conditions.’


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Chair of the Environmental Services Advisory Committee Councillor Ritchie McNicholl said: ‘I echo Councillor Christian’s sentiments and commend the efforts of those members of staff who have been working many long hours in cold and wet conditions on the promenade.


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‘It was particularly saddening to see the sunken gardens unfortunately living up to their name, submerged under several feet of water after another exceptional high tide on Monday. Our parks team work tirelessly year round to create spectacular displays and, as devastating as the damage has been, I have every confidence that they, and their many other colleagues who work outside in extreme weather conditions, will respond with their customary resolve and fortitude. The Council is indeed fortunate to have such a truly dedicated workforce.’


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