Council say they are ready for winter

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ANGUS Council say they are already prepared for the drop in temperatures as they unveiled plans to keep the county moving during winter.

The council has responsibility for the maintenance of more than 1000 miles of road and pavements.

This year the authority has invested £2.5 million to treat these routes when the temperatures drop.

Six new pieces of specialist plant have been purchased, bringing the fleet of vehicles available to tackle the elements in Angus to 71, including gritters, snow cutters/blowers and footway tractors.

Last year, the council built a new £320,000 storage facility at Kirriemuir Road in Forfar to help it manage its salt stocks more effectively.

In total, the council has 19,000 tonnes of salt stored in Forfar and Arbroath.

The council’s roads spokesperson Mairi Evans said: “The council invests significant funds to provide snow clearing and gritting during the winter. This year we have even more salt and plant available to keep the county moving should bad weather strike.

“When temperatures fall, the main message is consider carefully the weather conditions and to take sensible precautions when driving. Road conditions can change very rapidly.

“We can all minimise the impact by thinking now about preparing for winter, and taking some basic steps to be ready at home, at work and while travelling.”

The council’s winter maintenance programme is carried out on its behalf by Tayside Contracts.

Their managing director Iain Waddell added: “Our vehicles and drivers are all ready for whatever winter weather will bring.

“The public can help us, particularly in snow conditions, to maximise the areas we can treat by ensuring that, where possible, they park their vehicles off the road or in areas where they will not stop our vehicles from getting through.”