Council gearing up for the winter weather

With snow and sub-zero temperatures forecast for this week, the Council is gearing up with a range of measures to help keep Edinburgh moving during the cold snap ahead.

Around 7,000 tonnes of salt has been stockpiled since August, with another 700 tonnes on order. There is also 40 per cent more salt storage available this year, including a special dome at the Bankhead depot.

There are also five brand new gritters, taking the city's total to 31, and eight new mini-tractors have been brought to clear pavements

There are 1,800 salt bins across the city for clearing local pavements and residents are encouraged to buy salt bags to make their own driveways and paths safe.

The Council also encourages businesses to help by clearing snow from the front of their premises.

Concerns were raised during last winter's exceptionally severe weather that members of the public who chose to clear snow on pavements could be liable for damages if someone slipped. However, this is not the case.

Councillor Robert Aldridge , Environmental Leader, said: "We don't know if we are in for another bitterly cold winter, but the Council will be pulling out all the stops to keep the city moving and people safe. Among the measures being taken this year to help, we have increased salt stocks, brought in more mini tractors to clear pavements. 

"We are also encouraging people to look out for their vulnerable neighbours and use grit in the bins provided by the Council to help keep pavements clear - so we can all muck in and be ready for whatever weather comes our way."

More information

For up-to-the-minute travel and road updates see @edintravel

For general updates about services, including school closures and refuse collections see: @Edinburgh_cc

Full details are available on the Council's severe weather pages  



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