For this blog I wanted to take the time to thank all our staff who worked tirelessly over the festive period, delivering essential services for the borough’s residents. We may not know they’re there, but we would certainly have something to say if they weren’t out over Christmas doing their job.
I saw a recent TV news report which highlighted the problems some authorities seem to have had with collecting waste over the festivities; that’s not a problem we’ve had to face here in Tameside.
Here’s a few stats to demonstrate what I mean for us here. A full unchanged refuse service was provided across the borough during which a total of 1,107 tonnes of waste and recyclates were collected. While our environmental services department dealt with a number of emergencies and complaints; dealing with issues including burst water pipes and ongoing nuisance complaints.
Our bereavement service carried out over 60 funerals during the Christmas period with 40 more arranged. Spare a thought for our gravediggers who ensured no funerals were postponed despite the ground being frozen solid!
A quick insight into a couple of other areas is equally impressive. In social care we had 450 staff working over Christmas and New Year supporting over 300 vulnerable adults living in their own home as well as the service taking almost 12,000 calls on our out of hours number and dealing with over 250 emergencies.
While our gritters were out in force making sure our roads stayed as unaffected as possible by the snow and ice. The crews were called out on seven occasions and gritted a total of 1,600 KMs of carriageway using 300 tonnes of grit salt.
I’m sure you’ll agree they did an outstanding job to ensure our residents continued to get the council services they deserve over the festive break.