As you will have noted from a previous post about Miller Homes stopping work and that the Council are still proceeding with their highways work I have emailed the Council to check if this is correct and set out below is a response I have received from the Chief Highways Officer:
Thank you for your email.
We are following national advice on such matters. Below are some extracts from very recent Department for Transport and ADEPT press releases that evidence the stance we are currently following:
A DfT spokesperson said:
“Our roads remain open and we expect works, including emergency and other street works to maintain utility services to continue, ensuring that life-saving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel across the country to where they are needed most.
Government advice for the housing, construction, building, highways maintenance and street works sector is if you can work from home, do so, but if you are working outside then it is important to follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing.”
Clearly there are differing interpretations and /or opinions relating to the above from across the industry.
We are working closely with colleagues, the unions and partners to identify social distancing procedures and transitioning some of our resources to keeping main and key routes well maintained for food and medical supplies and for key workers to get to their place of work.
Obviously we are reviewing national guidance on a daily basis.”