28 November, 2011
Poole Borough Council has invested in two new
gritters, 1,300 tonnes of road salt and additional grit bins in a
bid to combat any potentially dangerous winter weather, reports
The council claimed it wanted to be "prepared" for the winter
weather and will keep a fleet of five gritters on 24-hour standby
over the course of the season.
In addition, other authorities would be able to lend further
supplies of salt should the council require it.
Another authority, Torbay Council, will be handing over £150,000
for winter preventative measures and will be keeping six gritters
on standby in order to treat more than 100 miles of roads in the
Cllr Robert Excell, executive lead for Safer Communities and
Transport, commented on the initiative by the council to This
Is South Devon: "The Bay's road network covers a total of 345
miles, including residential streets and cul-de-sacs. TOR2's fleet
of gritters can cover priority routes across the Bay, but they
simply cannot treat the entire network of roads and footpaths.
"In line with councils up and down the country, we have to
assess which roads should be treated in bad weather, as well as
consider what we can do elsewhere," he added.
Source: Vertical Leap