New win­ter weather alert help for res­i­dents in city

Evening Times - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE NICOLL

THIS year city res­i­dents will be able to ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion than ever be­fore when the bad weather hits.

As part of the new City Char­ter, the coun­cil has vowed to pro­vide reg­u­lar up­dates on weather, grit­ting and a range of other ser­vices.

Peo­ple will be able to fol­low the coun­cil on so­cial me­dia for quick ac­cess to news af­fect­ing trans­port, schools and any dis­rup­tion to ser­vices.

In the next few weeks it will start pub­lish­ing real-time in­for­ma­tion on which roads are be­ing treated and where to find free grit for paths, drive­ways and steps.

When cold tem­per­a­tures or snow are fore­cast, the coun­cil will use its Twit­ter ac­count @Glas­gowCC to is­sue warn­ings.

It is rare for schools in the city to close be­cause of bad weather and ed­u­ca­tion bosses say par­ents should as­sume classes will go ahead un­less ad­vised oth­er­wise.

If any schools are closed they will be an­nounced on @Glas­gowCC that morn­ing.

City coun­cil equal­i­ties spokes­woman Jennifer Lay­den said: “This win­ter the coun­cil aims to give cit­i­zens more in­for­ma­tion than ever be­fore about its main­te­nance op­er­a­tion – from weather fore­casts to how to find out when lo­cal streets have been salted.

“In the spirit of the draft City Char­ter, we are ask­ing them to look out for that in­for­ma­tion, share it and use it to keep them­selves, their fam­i­lies and their neigh­bour- hoods safe and ready to face what­ever the weather throws at us.

“How­ever, we also want peo­ple to let us know when prob­lems arise and where peo­ple are able to go online, the best way to do that is by us­ing the MyGlas­gow app or the var­i­ous au­to­mated forms on the coun­cil web­site.”

The City Char­ter re­flects what cit­i­zens have told the coun­cil about their vi­sion and how they feel the lo­cal au­thor­ity and res­i­dents can work to­gether to im­prove it.

Ms Lay­den said: “Glas­gow’s win­ter op­er­a­tion is a great ex­am­ple of an area where a re­sponse by both the coun­cil and cit­i­zens con­trib­utes to a city that is health­ier, safer, hap­pier and more pros­per­ous.

“While coun­cil ser­vices are re­spon­si­ble for tack­ling many of the ob­vi­ous chal­lenges, such as clear­ing snow and ice from ma­jor roads, a small army of vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity stal­warts also go to work each year to help friends, neigh­bours and strangers.”

Reg­u­lar up­dates will be on of­fer to city res­i­dents ahead of se­vere weather

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