Council must respond better on gritting – Jo

Jo has pressed East Dunbartonshire Council on their response to the early snowfall this winter.

In a letter this week, Jo asked the Council about the adequacy of salt stocks to grit roads throughout the recent snowfall, what provisions they are making for the rest of the winter, and how local people can be better informed about gritting.

Many constituents have written to Jo about the treacherous conditions they have been facing over the last few days, as ungritted and icy roads have prevented them from leaving their houses and using cars. Jo Swinson has called on the Council to ensure that they are prepared for the winter weather conditions, and that people have sufficient access to grit bins and information about the gritting expected in their area.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Lessons must been learned from last year’s icy weather and the Council’s poor response over the Christmas period. With this year’s much earlier cold snap, it is vital that the Council has a comprehensive plan to ensure roads and pavements remain useable and keep people informed about what they are doing throughout the winter.”

The text of Jo’s letter to the Council appears below:

Mr Gerry Cornes

Chief Executive

East Dunbartonshire Council

Tom Johnston House

Civic Way


G66 4TJ

30th November 2010

Dear Mr Cornes,

Several constituents have recently contacted me to enquire about East Dunbartonshire Council’s gritting response to the early snowfall this year. Please find their correspondence enclosed and address the individual points raised by each constituent.

In light of the snow arriving much earlier this winter than it normally would, I would be grateful if you could provide an assurance that there are adequate salt stocks to grit roads throughout the winter period and additional salt will be procured if necessary. After the disappointing response to last year’s cold snap, it is vital that gritting vehicles are prepared and ready to be used at short notice.

Naturally, residents are always keen to know whether their roads will be gritted during winter weather conditions. I was hoping you could tell me how individuals can find out the level of gritting to expect for their road and the surrounding area, and whether the Council’s website could be used to disseminate this information.

It is also important that people have access to regularly restocked grit bins, so they are able to make their local roads and pavements safer where gritters have not been able to operate. I would be grateful if you could inform me whether this has been taken into consideration in gritting plans.

Many thanks for your consideration of this matter, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Swinson MP

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