Be prepared for winter weather
As temperatures drop, North Lanarkshire Council has urged Monklands residents to prepare for winter.
The local authority and its partner Amey are monitoring weather forecasts daily to assess when and where the region’s road network should be salted.
A fleet of 31 gritter lorries and 27 tractors with gritting and snow clearing capacity are now on stand-by to treat roads and paths when required, with 20,000 tonnes of salt in storage.
In addition, more than 2300 grit bins across the area have been filled for residents to help keep paths and local streets clear.
Schools have been provided with salt supplies to keep playgrounds and entrances clear of snow and ice.
Across the council, 85 4x4 vehicles are available to cope with snowy and icy conditions, particularly to help home care teams reach elderly and vulnerable people in poor weather.
Councillor Michael McPake, convener of the infrastructure committee, said: “As temperatures drop this month, it’s a reminder to us all to be prepared for the winter weather ahead.
“The council has all its winter plans in place to ensure our services can manage the impact of winter weather conditions, and we’re reminding residents to take time now to get ready.
“Don’t wait until the snow and ice arrive, prepare now. If you drive regularly, have a winter emergency kit available, keep your mobile charged, and before setting out on any journey, check traffic reports and public transport information.
“At home, make sure you keep a supply of non-perishable food, water, nappies and baby food, pet food and medicines.
“As always, we also ask residents to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours during the winter.
“A simple gesture like checking they’re OK and offering to get any shopping they need, could make all the difference.”
Information on gritting routes and any services affected by winter weather is available on the council’s website at www. northlanarkshire.gov.uk/ winter, and by following @ nlcwinter on Facebook and Twitter.
Ready to roll A fleet of 31 gritter lorries and 27 tractors are on stand-by to treat roads and paths