MP raises gritting concerns
THE safety of pupils and parents who walk to school in winter has to be given greater priority by council gritters in icy conditions, according to North East Fife SNP MP Stephen Gethins.
He was disappointed to hear many families with children at Castlehill Primary in Cupar were inconvenienced just before Christmas by a relatively late message urging people to delay travelling to school so routes could be urgently treated.
Derek Crowe, Fife Council’s senior manager for roads and transportation, said: “Key designated routes to schools are part of the priority one route footway network.
“This means they are prioritised for treatment of snow removal over other footway routes.
“Footway treatment teams were called out before 8am on the Monday in question to start treating priority one footways, including the key routes to school.”