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Ready For Winter

Published: 09/10/2015

Flintshire County Council is reassuring residents it is well prepared to deal with icy conditions on the roads this winter. Cabinet Members are recommended to approve the updated Winter Maintenance Policy (2015-18) at its meeting on 13 October. For the coming winter, the authority has a total of 9,000 tonnes of salt stored at two sites (Alltami and Greenfield), which will be replenished as it is used. The Council’s team of gritters will be on standby from November until the end of March ready to take to the county’s roads. The drivers are all fully trained in winter maintenance. The team covers 12 priority 1 routes across the county, gritting 45% of Flintshire’s roads, one of the highest percentages in Wales. In addition, the council also has 38 agricultural contractors who can be called in to help clear snow. Each has a dedicated route to enable the entire adopted road network in the county to be cleared. The council’s Streetscene Team will also treat footpaths on a priority basis in areas including hospitals, residential homes, schools, bus stops and shopping areas during prolonged freezing conditions and snow. Salt bins/heaps will be filled at the start of the winter season and again in January if required. Cllr Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Environment said: “I’d like to assure all our residents that we are well prepared to deal with conditions on our roads this winter. We have good stock piles of salt and our gritting teams will be working tirelessly to make sure we provide the best quality service during times of bad weather.”