Council says it’s ready for winter with additional pavement gritting

                                 Ready for winter 2021 — Cllrs Jonathan McColl, Diane Docherty and Iain Maclaren.

By Lauren Crooks

More than 4000 tonnes of rock salt will help keep West Dunbartonshire moving this winter, according to Cllr Jonathan McColl and his SNP colleagues on the local Council.
Council staff are working behind the scenes to ensure our highways and pathways remain safe and that there are a minimum of slip-ups during freezing conditions.
The Roads team’s fleets of eight gritters will regularly treat every primary route, and secondary routes during longer periods of adverse weather.
They have been on 24-hour standby since November 1st , reacting when temperatures dip below freezing or if there is a risk of ice.

When severe weather conditions are forecast, the Council grits over 60 per cent of West Dunbartonshire’s public road network.
The Greenspace team work to ensure footpaths near schools, care homes, hospitals and other priority routes are kept clear.
This includes an out of hours footway gritting programme which will step up as weather requires to ensure town centre pedestrian areas, adjacent areas to schools, health care centres, public transport hubs, footways adjacent to day centres and sheltered housing, and main pedestrian routes in major housing developments are cleared.
In addition, West Dunbartonshire has more than 450 roadside grit bins across the area, meaning that generally no home is more than 300 metres from a supply should it become necessary. This level of provision is one of the highest per heads of population in Scotland.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Councillor Diane Docherty and Council Leader Councillor Jonathan McColl, right,  visited the depot at Elm Road this week.
Councillor McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We know there may be some disruptions due to ice and snow but we’re doing all we can to ensure we keep West Dunbartonshire moving whatever the weather.

One comment

  1. Is this National News – West Dunbartonshire Council grits roads in winter.

    What an absolutely newsworthy story, it’s so impressive that it even brings out the Council Leader to pose leaning on his shovel behind a pile of rock salt. And like Leader McColl in the picture, do the council workers all load this salt, all 4,000 tonnes if it by hand, by shovel, as the picture suggests. Some other councils use mechanisation like loading shovels – but maybe good old hand digging is the way. Traditional like!!

    Ah, I’m so impressed. West Dumbartonshire Council grits roads in winter. Aren’t they good.

    Otherwise, we’ll done to the guys who drive the gritters through the night to keep the roads ice free. They are the people to be applauded – not the politico’s or the managers who sit at home watching the temperature

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