Stirling Council’s winter maintenance service is now underway with residents asked to be prepared for when severe weather strikes.
Councillors Jim Thomson and Danny Gibson with members of the roads maintenance team in front of gritting lorries and a stock pile of grit salt

To keep road users and pedestrians safe, 7,000 tonnes of salt is in stock to help respond to wintry conditions over the coming months.

Gritting teams will be ready around the clock to treat priority routes of the road network during freezing temperatures or heavy snow, with the remainder of the roads being treated as the weather conditions and capacity dictate.

Crews will also treat paths with mini-tractors as part of the responsive service, which runs until 15 April 2022.

The Council also provides local residents with salt bins at various locations of identified difficulty throughout the Council area. These will be replenished during or following spells of adverse weather conditions.

Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “In these uncertain times, it’s crucial that everyone is prepared for a potentially challenging weather conditions.

“Our gritting teams are ready, our salt stocks are high and our salt bins will be topped up as much as possible for local residents to use. We will continue to do all we can to keep our roads and paths clear and accessible.”

Vice Convener, Danny Gibson said: “It’s vital that all of us are ready to respond to the challenges on our roads that come with the change in weather conditions this winter. Our committed and dedicated roads team are prepared and will do everything possible to keep travel throughout Stirling as safe as possible.

“As we get further into winter, please make sure to check for weather warnings that may cause disruptions to travel and plan your journeys ahead. Please also make use of your salt bins to keep local paths and streets accessible when required.”