Date Published: 09 November 2018
Our Highways Team are gearing up for winter and advising residents to do the same as the weather turns colder.
Rutland is fully prepared for winter following the extreme cold weather earlier this year, which saw prolonged periods of freezing temperatures and snow across the County.
Our fleet of gritters and ploughs have been fully serviced and salt supplies replenished. The Council’s main depot at Ashwell currently holds 4,000 tonnes of salt which will be used to treat freezing roads in the weeks and months ahead.
The Council is monitoring weather forecasts closely for advanced warning of freezing temperatures, with gritters now on standby to treat priority routes such as major A and B roads and access routes into villages.
As well as gritting the roads, we also treats the main footways in town centres, car parks and routes to GP surgeries and schools when snow is forecast.
“Winter can be a real challenge for everyone, as we saw when extreme cold weather hit Rutland earlier this year. At best, winter weather can be an inconvenience by disrupting our normal routines. At worst, serve winter weather can be a health risk and even poses a threat to life. We make significant provisions for winter every year to help keep people safe and limit the disruption to local services. We can’t grit all roads because we need to focus our efforts on keeping priority routes clear and this sometimes means smaller communities don’t get as much help as we would like. People really rallied round to support each other when the snow hit earlier this year and this community spirit is also really important. We provide community salt bins in every village, as well as training for Volunteer Snow Wardens and would encourage people to take advantage of both.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Highways & Transport
There are around 240 community salt bins in towns and villages across Rutland – all of which have been refilled ahead of winter.
We rely on Parish Councils to let us know when salt bins are running low, so that they can be refilled. However, salt in these bins is for public highways only and not for driveways or private accesses.
“It’s important to stay warm and well throughout the winter and to keep a close eye on friends and family members who may struggle if the weather gets really cold. Check in with them regularly to make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. We’re here to help if you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour so contact us straight away with any concerns.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson
To report any concerns about an adult in Rutland, please contact the Council straight away by calling: 01572 758 341.
For more info about our winter services, including information about gritting routes and safety advice, visit our Winter Service page.