Council gets ready for winter

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This year’s Borders winter service plan is now in place and was approved by Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee this week.

Although a major review of last year’s winter plan has not taken place, following public consultultation a secondary salting route network has been identified.

Ahead of winter, the council has 18,750 tonnes of salt stocked, up from 18,400 tonnes at the start of last winter; 1,052 grit bins, an increase of 35 from 2015; 48 tractors, including five new vehicles; and 53 gritters, including two new ones.

Mild conditions meant its winter resources were not severely tested last yea,r but Scottish Borders Council was put under significant pressure by a series of storms which caused some of the worst flood damage seen in the Borders, causing serious damage to the road network.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar said: “With our salt barns fully stocked, more grit bins in place and new vehicles added to our fleet, the council is prepared for winter.

“While the council is prepared, we would encourage Borderers to ensure they are ready for winter.

“We have a dedicated section of our website – www.scotborders.gov.uk/winter – which provides frequently asked questions around winter, travel advice, schools winter information and a list of primary salting routes, while our Facebook and Twitter pages provide updates to followers throughout the winter.”