Get pre­pared for win­ter’s icy blast

Wishaw Press - - BENEFIT CAP BLASTED ABUSE OF TRUST - Ross Thom­son

Colder weather is here so now is the time for ev­ery­one to get ready for win­ter.

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil and its part­ner Amey is mon­i­tor­ing weather fore­casts daily to as­sess when and where the 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 2,300 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.

“As tem­per­a­tures drop this month, it’s a re­minder to us all to be pre­pared for the win­ter weather ahead,”said Coun­cil­lor Michael Mc­pake, con­vener of the coun­cil’s In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee.

“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. As al­ways, we also ask res­i­dents to look out for el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble neigh­bours dur­ing the win­ter. A sim­ple gesture like check­ing they’re okay and of­fer­ing to get any shop­ping they need, could make all the dif­fer­ence.”

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