Bearsden Councillor urges council to grit ready for the winter freeze

Duncan Cumming grit bin
Duncan Cumming grit bin

A BEARSDEN councillor wants to get to the nitty gritty of a problem by making sure residents have all the grit and salt they will need before winter bites.

Duncan Cumming is urging East Dunbartonshire Council to prepare for more freezing temperatures following heavy snow and ice earlier this year.

He wants them to purchase more grit bins and to make sure they are always full by making it easier for people to report it to the council when they are empty.

Councillor Cumming said: “We all remember the appalling weather conditions last winter and the chaos that ensued.

“I have voted for the purchase of additional grit bins, and I have also called for the council to update its website with all locations of the bins clearly marked.

“One of the major concerns of local people was the lack of salt and grit, with numerous reports of grit bins being empty and the council being slow to react to fill them.

“The council needs to take action before the winter sets in.

“I want to prevent a repeat of bins remaining empty for long periods of time and the council claiming that they were unaware of this situation.”

Councillor Cumming wants each bin to have a weatherproof sign displaying a dedicated council helpline number.

Residents could then call it if the grit has run out and easily identify its location by quoting a specific number which would be allocated to each bin.

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The roads and neighbourhoods service has been asked if grit bins could have a contact phone number put on them to allow the public to get in touch when grit bins are empty. The practicality of this request is currently being investigated by the roads service.”