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Council thanks for community effort in snow

Date: 06/02/2012           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

Thank you to the residents of Medway, that’s the message from Medway Council’s Highways Department, which has recognised the community effort being made to keep local roads and pavements clear.

Residents have been using the salt in the 400 grit bins that are available across Medway to grit local roads and pavements, which has helped to keep Medway moving.

The grit bins hold a quarter of a tonne of grit; Community Safety Officers checked these levels over the weekend with many being re-filled today (Monday).

But re-filling the grit bins takes time as each lorry (holding a total of seven tonnes of grit) can only refill 28 bins in one trip – making it a big job to top up all 400 bins across the towns. Since yesterday, six teams were out re-filling grit bins.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “My thanks go to those residents in Medway that have helped keep the local roads and pavements clear by taking the initiative to use the salt available in the numerous grit bins located around the towns.

“These grit bins are there for residents to use on the public highway and I am pleased to hear that the majority of residents were supporting the community by gritting the pavements and roads rather than treating their own paths.

“Praise should also go to the council’s teams and contractors who have all worked hard, many throughout the night, to salt roads, pavements, car parks and town centres across the area in order to minimise disruption to residents today.”

Gritters were mobilised on Saturday afternoon and were out treating both primary and secondary routes in the towns throughout the night on Saturday and Sunday to ensure roads were accessible for Monday morning.

Council contractors Veolia were hand-salting pavements in town centres early on Sunday morning and Volkers have brought in additional teams to deal with main car parks. Quadron have been out treating third level routes today (Monday).

Details of salting routes and salt bin locations can be found on the council's website, www.medway.gov.uk, as well as updates on weather forecasts, travel information and advice on coping with the bad weather.



Notes to editors:

The authority's preparations include:
*5000 tonnes of salt stockpiled
*Eight salting vehicles
*388 salt bins
*4x4 vehicles available to reach those in more rural areas.