Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, has praised the hard work of Worcestershire’s gritting teams for helping to keep the county moving as the ‘Beast from the East’ causes disruption.

During Transport Questions this morning (March 1), Rachel asked Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, to join her in praising Worcestershire County Council for sharing information with residents about where they can find the nearest grit bin.

Rachel also took the opportunity to thank the dedicated and hardworking gritting teams who have been out night and day making sure residents can get to work and children can get to school.

Speaking after Transport Questions, Rachel said: “Worcestershire County Council has done a brilliant job in making sure our county is prepared for the disruption brought about by the awful weather conditions.

“The excellent gritting teams are working hard to make sure our county keeps moving and I’m aware the County Council has taken a new delivery of rock salt today to make sure we’re even more prepared and ready for the snow which is forecast.

“If the weather conditions do become too treacherous over the next few days, then I would urge residents to take precautions and to only drive if they really have to.”

And with the heavy snow and strong winds forecast for the next few days, Rachel is urging residents to make sure they check up on elderly loved ones and neighbours to make sure they are okay.

Rachel added: “Whenever we get awful weather like this, Redditch’s strong community spirit shines through and I’m sure residents will be keeping an eye out on their family, friends and neighbours during this spell of freezing temperatures.”

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol has also been activated because of the freezing temperatures. For the next few nights at least, the Ecumenical Centre will be able to provide a warm place to stay for any homeless person. If you see someone who is homeless, then please let them know this service is available to them.