Snow heroes praised

Gritting crews, bus drivers, winter volunteers and all the people who are helping their communities in the bitter winter weather were praised by Norfolk County Councillors on Wednesday at the Environment, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

Members received an update from Graham Plant, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation, who said the snowstorm that hit parts of the county Tuesday lunchtime was far more intense than anything that had been forecast.

In an update for the Panel, Cllr Plant said: “We have been gritting continuously since Monday night and continue to do so.”

Problems were exacerbated when accidents forced the closure of parts of the A47 Norwich Southern Bypass. Norfolk police reported 60 road accidents, in addition to other minor unreported crashes, which added to the problems.

Members of all parties were unanimous in their praise for the ‘unsung heroes’ in the battle to keep Norfolk moving - gritter drivers, the police, volunteer gritting teams, bus and coach drivers, residents who helped one another and care staff.