Council workers dig in to help with snow clearance effort

Council workers Colin Bramley and Jim McIlwaine clear snow from outside Thomas and Renee Fulton's home in Swanston.
Council workers Colin Bramley and Jim McIlwaine clear snow from outside Thomas and Renee Fulton's home in Swanston.

WITH bin collections suspended on Wednesday (March 27) due to the adverse weather conditions, the council’s refuse collections team and other staff from the parks and street cleansing sections were redeployed to provide assistance (manpower/equipment) to DRD Roads Service to help clear roads throughout the borough.

Residents in some areas hadn’t had road access to or from their homes for several days and were relieved to see the snow clearance work taking place.

One of the teams working in Swanston Avenue, Glengormley received a warm welcome from local residents who were delighted to see council staff arrive with spades and diggers.

Renee Fulton, an active member of several of local community groups, said she and her husband Thomas were delighted to see the snow clearance work taking place in their street.

“We were really delighted to see the digger and the men arrive today. We have been stuck in the house since Thursday. There was no way we could get the car out to the main road. At least now we can try to get a bit of normality back. It is great that the council has stepped in to help local residents. We appreciate the situation is difficult for many people and the team clearing our avenue have done a fantastic job,” she said.

Disruption to the council’s bin collections continued on Thursday (March 28), with around 60 per cent of collections being postponed. However, staff at Mossley Mill stressed that all other council services are operating as normal.

The council’s advice to residents regarding bin collections is to leave bins out for collection on the normal scheduled day as the refuse teams will be aiming to catch up on the missed collections once access to residential areas improves.

For further information on the refuse collection service telephone 028 9034 0057/56. For the latest updates log on to www.newtownabbey.gov.uk or follow @NewtownabbeyBC on Twitter.