Grit­ting pri­or­i­ties may be re­assessed

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The SNP coun­cil­lor said: “We fell a bit short and need to look at the vicin­ity of schools – I’ve lost count of the en­quiries from par­ents con­cerned about kids fall­ing, and while we couldn’t pos­si­bly do ev­ery sin­gle pave­ment, we could do the perime­ters of schools.

“NHS La­nark­shire says there’s a clear cor­re­la­tion with icy con­di­tions; the week be­fore Christ­mas was a real pres­sure point and had a knock-on im­pact on other planned trauma and orthopaedics.

“I un­der­stand there’s a cost im­pact, but it costs peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties not to go to work or to take time off to look af­ter kids.”

Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber Sandy Wat­son noted the “piv­otal” work of lo­cal farm­ers, in­clud­ing in help­ing to clear roads – and told how six of North La­nark­shire’s dairy farms were forced to dump 47,500 litres of milk as tankers were un­able to ac­cess their farms in the snow.

He said: “This was a huge loss for farms, and a lot of this was very close to shops which had run out of milk; so peo­ple were search­ing while th­ese huge amounts were be­ing de­stroyed.”

Coun­cil­lors agreed to re­view the pos­si­bil­ity of des­ig­nat­ing routes to dairy farms as pri­mary or sec­ondary grit­ting routes, and the Air­drie South rep­re­sen­ta­tive added: “I’m pleased that we’ve man­aged to high­light the se­vere prob­lems faced by the farms, and look for­ward to see­ing progress once it goes to com­mit­tee.”

SNP mem­bers also un­suc­cess­fully put for­ward an amend­ment propos­ing that staff who were un­able to reach their work­places dur­ing the am­ber warn­ing pe­ri­ods should not be re­quired to make up the time missed, with Coun­cil­lor Claire Bar­clay telling mem­bers: “Th­ese were ab­so­lutely ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances.”

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