Deb­o­rah Cole­man at Wick­low County Coun­cil meet­ing Coun­cil’s plan to cope with se­vere weather in­ci­dents

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WICK­LOW County Coun­cil ap­pears to be in good shape in terms of its prepa­ra­tion for se­vere weather in­ci­dents this win­ter, mem­bers were in­formed at their Mon­day meet­ing.

A re­port from Michael Flynn, se­nior engi­neer in the Roads Sec­tion out­lined that the Win­ter Main­te­nance Plan is in place from Oc­to­ber 15 to April 29 and that there are nine grit­ting routes out­lined cov­er­ing 500km of the county’s roads.

There are five salt de­pots dot­ted around the county and there are 2,500 tonnes of salt in stock with a fur­ther 1,000 tonnes on or­der, bring­ing stocks to al­most full ca­pac­ity which is 4,000 tonnes.

He said that a bud­get of €800,000 is al­lo­cated to the plan and that last year the coun­cil was called out on 70 oc­ca­sions to var­i­ous in­ci­dents. ‘It’s not an ex­act sci­ence,’ Mr Flynn said, but he ap­peared con­fi­dent with the plan in place for win­ter 2018/19.

Cllr Chris Fox ex­pressed con­cern about routes which strad­dle two mu­nic­i­pal district ar­eas and asked for a bet­ter co­or­di­nated ap­proach to grit­ting as very of­ten ‘half of a route is open and the other half is im­pass­able’.

‘Could an agree­ment be reached with staff to take a road in its en­tirety?’ he asked.

A sim­i­lar con­cern was raised by Cllr Vin­cent Blake who asked what agree­ments are in place with neigh­bour­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Wex­ford and Car­low, as roads in his area cross the bor­der from Wick­low.

It was con­firmed that this would be ad­dressed by Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Wick­low Fire Ser­vice Chief Ai­dan Dempsey and Civil De­fence Chief Michael Richard­son also made pre­sen­ta­tions to mem­bers out­lin­ing the co­or­di­nated ap­proach taken in cases of ex­treme weather and what resources are avail­able.

Coun­cil­lors be­lieve there will be chaos when traf­fic di­ver­sions be­gin dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the Ark­low Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant at the old Wall­board site on the North Quay.

A snow plough on the seafront in Bray dur­ing the Beast from the East back in March of this year.

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