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Gritting teams ready for action as snow starts to fall

Gritting teams ready for action as snow starts to fall Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

As snow starts to fall across the Midlands, Nottinghamshire's gritting teams are preparing to head out on the county's roads tonight and into the morning.

A band of rain, sleet and snow is expected later tonight. The Met Office suggests that we will get snow and sleet around 4-6am, which is likely to cause icy conditions.

Garry Chadburn, Electrical and Environmental Maintenance Manager at Via East Midlands, said:

We will be out and about both tonight and tomorrow morning gritting main routes and secondary routes as well as salting footpaths.

– Garry Chadburn

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Nottinghamshire County Council statement on broadband

Nottinghamshire County Council statement on broadband Credit: PA

We have been looking at the subject of broadband in the West Midlands.

Our correspondent Phil Brewster has been examining what is being done to upgrade our broadband network.

In response to our feature, a spokesperson from Nottinghamshire County Council said:

Nearly 96% of homes and businesses in the county can now access super fast broadband thanks to the programme being delivered by the County Council in partnership with BT.

This puts us well ahead of the national average (91.4%) and East Midlands average (94.6%).

Phase two of our programme, which started earlier this year, will see us achieve 98% coverage in the county by Spring 2018.

– spokesperson from Nottinghamshire County Council

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Council boss to experience streets as visually impaired person

A guide dog Credit: PA

The head of Nottinghamshire County Council will experience what it's like next month to try to navigate walking outdoors for someone who is visually impaired.

It's hoped the event on the 9th November will raise awareness about the work of guide dogs.

Anthony May, the County Council's Chief Executive, will walk through West Bridgford wearing a blindfold whilst being assisted by a trainee guide dog.

The walk will involve crossing roads, going down narrow pavements and avoiding obstacles on pavements like cars and cafe furniture.

The 'Guide Dogs' Street Ahead' campaign is looking to highlight the issues visually impaired people experience on a daily basis when trying to navigate streets, including clutter on pavements.

Poll: are employees entitled to a smoking break?

Nottinghamshire County Council say the move has been taken to improve the health of employees and reduce time off work. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

Nottinghamshire County Council has announced plans for a ban on employees taking smoking breaks during work time.

We ask do workers have a right to take a break for a cigarette?

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Nottinghamshire County Council: Plans to ban cigarette breaks part of 'duty of care'

Employees could be banned from taking smoking breaks Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nottinghamshire County Council has insisted plans to ban smoking breaks are part of its desire to be a 'supportive employer' and that they have a 'duty of care' to the people that work for them.

Here is their full statement:

“Smoking is still public health’s number one enemy. Nottinghamshire County Council, along with a number of other partners, has signed the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Tobacco Declaration that commits us to take action against tobacco which in turn improves the health of our staff."

“We are trying to be a supportive employer and have a duty of care to protect the health of our employees as part of a wider remit to take a leading role in promoting better health in Nottinghamshire."

“If you asked 100 smokers if they wanted to give up, 70 of them would want to. With this in mind we want to encourage staff to attend smoking cessation services. If they don’t want to give up smoking they will get withdrawal symptoms at work because of their nicotine addiction."

"We want to support staff by encouraging them to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy at work. The cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy is cheaper than cigarettes so we are not asking staff to spend more money than usual."

“National research suggests that staff who smoke take more time off work to have breaks and have more sick leave through respiratory problems."

“Another reason for encouraging staff to give up smoking is that they become better role models for their children and the children are less likely to start smoking in the first place if their parents are non-smokers.”

– Nottinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health John Tomlinson
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