Ready For Winter
Flintshire County Council is reassuring residents it is well prepared to deal
with icy conditions on the roads this winter.
Cabinet Members are recommended to approve the updated Winter Maintenance
Policy (2015-18) at its meeting on 13 October.
For the coming winter, the authority has a total of 9,000 tonnes of salt stored
at two sites (Alltami and Greenfield), which will be replenished as it is used.
The Council’s team of gritters will be on standby from November until the end
of March ready to take to the county’s roads. The drivers are all fully trained
in winter maintenance.
The team covers 12 priority 1 routes across the county, gritting 45% of
Flintshire’s roads, one of the highest percentages in Wales.
In addition, the council also has 38 agricultural contractors who can be called
in to help clear snow. Each has a dedicated route to enable the entire adopted
road network in the county to be cleared.
The council’s Streetscene Team will also treat footpaths on a priority basis in
areas including hospitals, residential homes, schools, bus stops and shopping
areas during prolonged freezing conditions and snow.
Salt bins/heaps will be filled at the start of the winter season and again in
January if required.
Cllr Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Environment said:
“I’d like to assure all our residents that we are well prepared to deal with
conditions on our roads this winter. We have good stock piles of salt and our
gritting teams will be working tirelessly to make sure we provide the best
quality service during times of bad weather.”