04.05.23 – New Vice Lord Lieutenant Appointed, Gritting Season Ends
Written by Hitmix Local News on 3 May 2023
A new Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the county has been appointed by Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, with HM The King’s approval.
Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Graham Robert Morley was appointed to the role on Sunday 30 April 2023. He will support the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties and will stand-in for him when he is absent, sick, or otherwise unable to act.
Mr Morley was appointed to the lieutenancy in 2014 and has undertaken a lead role in the education panel, having been involved in further education colleges in Staffordshire for many years. He is a past President of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society and is currently Chair of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force Friends Trust.
Mr Morley said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire and I look forward to supporting Mr Dudson and the wider Lieutenancy team.
“Staffordshire is a great place to live, learn, volunteer and do business, and in my new role, I will be doing my utmost to ensure that the individuals and organisations who contribute to the success and achievements in our County are celebrated for the outstanding work they do.”
The official end of Staffordshire County Councils winter gritting season was 17th April this year, and with spring in full flow, activities will turn more towards repair and maintenance as the gritting operations finish for the season.
Crews have been carrying out a range of other duties during mild weather periods, such as repairing town centres, carrying out minor patching works, replacing and adjusting signage, and filling sandbags and grit bins ready for the next winter season.
Nature doesn’t always conform to County Council timetables, and gritters are still ready to roll if cold weather hits. So far this year have used over 21 thousand tonnes of salt and treated over 189 thousand kilometres of highway.