Get ready for winter in Argyll and Bute

One of Argyll and Bute Council's 33 gritting lorries which can also be used as snowploughs when required.

One of Argyll and Bute Council's 33 gritting lorries which can also be used as snowploughs when required.

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Information and advice on getting ready for winter will be available at a roadshow event in Rothesay next week.

The Scottish Government’s Ready for Winter roadshow is visiting Rothesay’s Co-operative supermarket on Tuesday, November 12 from 10am to 3pm to help Bute residents prepare for anything the weather might throw at them in the coming months.

Meanwhile, thirty-three front line gritters which can also be used as snowploughs and a stock of 11,000 tonnes of rock salt are waiting to be unleashed to keep Argyll and Bute’s roads network clear this winter.

The council is responsible for 1,455 miles of roads - almost the entire road network, with the exception of the A82 and A83 trunk routes - and of those, 753 miles are pre-treated as priority routes.

Vehicles owned by the authority have been serviced and overhauled and trial runs have been made over priority routes. Grit bins are being filled, staff trained and rotas put in place to provide cover seven days a week when required.

The council is preparing a ‘winter weather ready’ leaflet to advise householders and businesses on how to prepare themselves, and information will be readily available on our website and social media.

These preparations mirror the national Ready Scotland campaign which urges everyone in Scotland to prepare for winter and severe weather.

All routes will be pre-treated with rock salt, as the most effective method of preventing freezing of wet surfaces or melting of previously formed ice.

The council’s policy lead for roads and amenity services, Councillor Ellen Morton, said: “There are challenges in keeping our roads clear in Argyll and Bute with its unique geography. However, based on the experience of previous years we have winter standby arrangements in place from now until mid-April next year.

“During the forthcoming months, if extreme weather does come to Argyll and Bute, we will do everything we can to keep our roads network open.”