Newsites will­get win­ter grit­bins

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Grit bins could be placed in a few new lo­ca­tions this win­ter.

At a meet­ing of Stir­ling Coun­cil yes­ter­day, Tory coun­cil­lor Ross Oxburgh asked what mea­sures were be­ing taken to iden­tify and in­stall grit/salt bins at lo­ca­tions which are cur­rently miss­ing out.

Some sites al­ready qual­ify in terms of the gra­di­ent/slope they lie on, but cur­rently don’t have one.

En­vi­ron­ment and hous­ing con­vener Coun­cil­lor Jim Thom­son said that his com­mit­tee had agreed a win­ter ser­vice pol­icy in Septem­ber, sub­ject to a re­assess­ment of the cur­rent limit of 475 grit/salt bins.

He added: “The dis­cus­sion was around the suit­abil­ity of a fixed num­ber of bins, given there has been new hous­ing con­structed since the pol­icy was in­tro­duced.

“It was agreed to re­tain the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria and to as­sess sites that meet the cri­te­ria but do not have bins.

“Work is on­go­ing to as­sess sites. The ser­vice have se­cured a stock of new grit bins to re­place dam­aged bins and to pro­vide new grit bins at sites that meet the qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria.

“The com­mit­tee also agreed to work with com­mu­ni­ties in de­vel­op­ing re­silience plans for win­ter main­te­nance and flood events.”

Asked by coun­cil­lor Roxburgh just which qual­i­fy­ing sites for the bins had been iden­ti­fied and when they were ex­pected to be put in place, Coun­cil­lor Thom­son said at the mo­ment the ser­vice was con­cen­trat­ing on mak­ing sure they were fit for pur­pose and that re­sources could be put in place.

Al­lo­ca­tion Grit bins

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