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Poole's Getting Ready For Winter

Borough of Poole is testing its resilience to severe weather by carrying out a winter service exercise on Wednesday 18 September 2013.

The exercise, which will take place between 9am and 3.30pm, will bring together a range of services including Streetscene and Emergency Planning.

Borough of Poole's Gritter
Borough of Poole's Gritter

Simulating a day of extreme weather, gritters, highway, cleansing and grounds maintenance staff will be testing the robustness of the council's winter plans.

Activities will be co-ordinated from an operational control room at the Hatch Pond depot and will be linked through to the staff manning the main emergency control room based at Civic Centre.  Officers will be deploying staff to services which would normally be affected by severe weather.

During the day the council will test:

* the effectiveness of gritting Poole's roads, as the council's four gritters will be out testing the precautionary and resilience routes.

* the priority sites for manual gritting

* the communication links between the two control rooms

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "This exercise demonstrates the council's commitment for dealing with severe weather. By testing our planning and preparation now we can be prepared for whatever weather this winter brings.

"The snow and ice during the last two winters have presented a huge challenge to councils up and down the country. Our staff worked throughout 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. This still does not guarantee we can clear all roads during extreme weather, and we would ask residents to also make preparations for when they may not be able to get out and about easily."