Residents thank ‘tree-mendous’ council after Storm Doris

24 Feb 2017

Stevenage Borough Council staff have been thanked by members of the public after Storm Doris did its best to cause chaos across the town on Thursday.

The council’s tree team dealt with 32 emergency calls, the Customer Service Centre took 1,139 Doris-related calls and 4,500 people viewed Facebook posts offering advice and guidance. 

Our Housing team organised scaffold inspections to make sure all was safe, and when the hoardings were blown down at our Housing Development site at The March Hare in Burwell Road, our contractors came out and made it safe again.

Residents have taken to social media to thank the council for their speedy response. On Facebook, Tracie Simpson said: “They have been so quick with moving trees that have fallen into roads – very impressive.”

Gillian Grant, commented: “Thank you for the very quick response for the fallen tree that landed very near to my son’s car, which only left scratches to it.”

On Twitter, Hugh Doran, was also pleased with the council’s response to a fallen tree. He said: “Nice one! Fallen tree reported at 14.00 and all cleared by 14.45.”

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Storm Doris did its best to disrupt the 120 different services we deliver to the residents and businesses of Stevenage, but it proved to be no match for our dedicated workforce. I would like to say thank you to them for their first-rate preparations and speed of response, and also to our residents for their kind comments.”