‘SNOW TOURISTS ARE A PROBLEM’
THE ISSUE of so called ‘snow tourists’ must be tackled before the cold weather hits to prevent people from driving to snow-covered parts of the county, getting stuck and then relying on the emergency services to rescue them. That was the view of Cllr Jim Ruttle at Monday’s meeting of Wicklow County Council during a discussion about severe weather management plans which were revealed by officials to the elected members.
‘Snow tourists are a problem, particularly in areas like Valleymount and Lacken. They drive up to take a look and then they
get stuck and the roads are blocked. During times of heavy snow these routes should have local access only so can we get the signs up earlier this year if such weather occurs? This would mean that the emergency services are not being called out to such cases,’ he said.
Council officials incidated that this could be looked at.
Cllr Ruttle welcomed the weather management plan, which estimated that €800,000 will be spent on winter maintenance and outlined that 2,500 tonnes of salt are in stock with 1,000 tonnes on order.