New winter weather alert help for residents in city
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