All pulling together this winter
With more than 3,000 tons of salt stored, 32 vehicles and plant primed and 39 core staff ready to roll, we’re geared up to take on whatever the weather throws at us this winter to keep priority roads and pavements gritted.
Keeping Midlothian moving
Roads crews are just filling up the last of the 500 or so grit bins across the county but it’s crucial we all play our part in keeping Midlothian moving during severe weather.
Focus on priority roads
Midlothian Council’s cabinet member with a responsibility for roads, Cllr John Hackett said: “Our roads team is out round the clock trying to keep the 380 kilometres of priority routes clear, such as main roads and routes to hospitals, open.
“With council staff focused on priority routes, residents will need to do the areas of road and pavement outside their homes, if they are able to do so.
Full list on website
“There’s a list of all priority routes on our website and a full list of council grit bins. If your street is not on the priority routes list it means the likelihood is our teams will not have time or resource to grit it during severe weather.
“The grit bins will all be filled before any bad conditions set in and we’re delivering 25 bags to community groups when bad weather is forecast. This is a resource for local people to use so please do so.
Check if your bin is on our list
“If your grit bin is not on the list, it means we don’t own the bin and to contact your factor to get it refilled.“
Cllr Hackett reminded local people that there’s a wealth of information on our website to help in severe weather, including a full list of priority roads, helpful numbers and access to an online form to get your grit bin filled once emptied again and telephone numbers for emergencies.
Severe weather pages
Cllr Hackett said: “I know the temptation is to give the contact centre a call if you’ve got a question about severe weather.
“However, please check the website first, if you have access to the internet. All the information you need should be on our severe weather pages.”
Check the radio and social media
Cllr Hackett said any disruption to services would also be shared on social media, on the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages. It should also be broadcast on the local radio stations such as Black Diamond and Radio Forth.
From left to right in the picture are three of our roads team: Tractor driver Kyle Forbes, gritter driver Marc Reid and winter supervisor Wayne Clark.