Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

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.

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