Winter task team ready for action

WITH fears that a winter of severe weather is on its way the council is saying it is ready for anything.

After last year’s road chaos and school closures, Councillor Billy Hendry, development and infrastructure committee convener at East Dunbartonshire Council, assured residents they are prepared for whatever the coming months bring.

He said: “We have a very robust winter service plan which guides how we respond to severe weather, be it floods, heavy snow or freezing temperatures.

“Every year conditions seem to deteriorate and we are faced with new challenges, but the people of East Dunbartonshire should know that we are well placed and are doing everything in our power to be prepared.”

The council’s action plan to target major routes include 13 gritting lorries, 10 footway gritters, 350 grit bins and a salt dome stocked to full capacity, and can be replenished when necessary.

Councillor Hendry added: “Our fleet is ready, salt supplies are available and our highly experienced teams will be on standby 24/7 throughout the winter responding to meteorological reports to keep roads and pavements as snow and ice-free as we possibly can.

“This is not an easy task as conditions change rapidly but using the most current weather information available to us we will plan our activities to be as efficient and effective as possible on a priority basis that will see major routes tackled first.”

A copy of the council’s winter service plan can be found at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk with a daily weather report with implications for gritting crews, a list of grit bin locations by street, winter driving tips, and contact details for Roads and Neighbourhood Services.

Councillor Hendry added: “There is a wealth of information already on the website and we will endeavour to update it as the winter progresses and as major weather incidents occur.

“There is a ‘latest news’ section on the homepage and I’d encourage local people to keep an eye on it when we are faced with issues like road or schools closures.”

There are 500km of roads in East Dunbartonshire, designated as primary network routes, secondary network routes and minimum winter network routes. During a gritting operation 315km are targeted as primary network routes.