Labour Councillor Jack Owen has successfully proposed an amendment to a Conservative motion praising the work of all staff, contractors, volunteers and all those who helped during the recent harsh weather.
The original motion ignored the hard work of the majority of the council’s employees, local volunteers, and contractors outside of Highways in their efforts to keep the people of Suffolk healthy, safe and well during the bad weather experienced in the county as a result of the Beast from the East.
The proposed amendment from Cllr Owen was accepted by the Conservative Administration after the negligent oversight was recognised.
Cllr Owen said; “I was disappointed that the original motion ignored the efforts of the very large number of staff and others who had gone above and beyond to ensure that the elderly, vulnerable and those in need were kept safe and well during the terrible weather. Neighbours, friends and families all stepped up to the plate across the county to do their bit and we should recognise all those that did their bit to keep Suffolk safe.
“I would like to put on record my thanks to everyone who helped including the highways team, but it is vital to recognise the lengths many members of staff and volunteers went during this difficult period.”
Notes for Editors
The motion was amended from
‘This Council recognises the sterling work that Suffolk Highways Teams and other emergency services including farmers have undertaken during the unusual adverse weather conditions in late February and early March of this year.’
‘This Council recognises the sterling work that all Suffolk County Council employees, external contractors, volunteers and other emergency services including, but not limited to, social workers, home carers, care home workers, registrars, all those in the public health team, children’s service team, adult care team, highway team and farmers undertake on a day-to-day basis, but especially during the unusual adverse weather conditions in late February and early March of this year.’