All prepared for winter

Monday November 12th 2018

Midlothian Council winter preparations

From left to right, three of the council’s roads team: Tractor driver Kyle Forbes, gritter driver Marc Reid and winter supervisor Wayne Clark.

With more than 3,000 tons of salt stored, 32 vehicles and plant primed and 39 core staff ready to roll, the council say they are geared up to take on whatever the weather throws at them this winter to keep priority roads and pavements gritted.

Roads crews are just filling up the last of the 500 or so grit bins across the county but it’s crucial we all play our part in keeping Midlothian moving during severe weather.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member with a responsibility for roads, Councillor John Hackett said:

“Our roads team is out round the clock trying to keep the 380 kilometres of priority routes clear, such as main roads and routes to hospitals, open.

“With council staff focused on priority routes, residents will need to do the areas of road and pavement outside their homes, if they are able to do so.

“There’s a list of all priority routes on our website and a full list of council grit bins. If your street is not on the priority routes list it means the likelihood is our teams will not have time or resource to grit it during severe weather.

“The grit bins will all be filled before any bad conditions set in and we’re delivering 25 bags to community groups when bad weather is forecast. This is a resource for local people to use so please do so.

“If your grit bin is not on the list, it means we don’t own the bin and to contact your factor to get it refilled.“

Councillor Hackett reminded local people that there’s a wealth of information on the council website to help in severe weather, including a full list of priority roads, helpful numbers and access to an online form to get your grit bin filled once emptied again and telephone numbers for emergencies.

Councillor Hackett said: “I know the temptation is to give the contact centre a call if you’ve got a question about severe weather.

“However, please check the website first, if you have access to the internet. All the information you need should be on our severe weather pages.”

Councillor Hackett said any disruption to services would also be shared on social media, on the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

It should also appear on Midlothian View so make sure you have liked MidlothianView’s Facebook page or that you are folloiwng us on Twitter @MidlothianView

It should also be broadcast on the local radio stations such as Black Diamond and Radio Forth.

For more information visit www.midlothian.gov.uk/severe-weather

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