Gearing up for Winter

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Following the snow which became a permanent feature in the area last winter, Aberdeenshire Council has been working hard preparing for this winter which, if weather forecasts are anything to go by, is set to be just as bad.

Last winter Aberdeenshire Council repaired over 20,000 potholes during the critical winter months, completing nearly the same number again in summer.

Although predictions are for a severe winter ahead, long term forecasting is difficult and preparations have been made based on lessons learned in the last two years.

Around 1,660km of Aberdeenshire’s roads are identified as a priority network for winter treatment.

This year four new 4x4 gritters have been added to the fleet, staff rotas for crews have been drawn up and the winter maintenance operations room is ready to go.

In common with many public agencies, the council has been thoroughly preparing, ensuring salt and grit is fully-stocked, inspecting vehicles and reviewing procedures.

It starts this winter with double last year’s level of salt stocks and an additional £3m has been transferred to the Winter and Other Emergencies Fund.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “It’s vital we continue to manage and maintain the road network across Aberdeenshire to the standards we have achieved in the past.

“I am confident that we have the resources, ability and experience, of both adverse weather and roads maintenance, to do just that.Despite last year’s weather we performed well, and given all the preparations I know have taken place so far, we are very well placed to respond to the challenge of the upcoming winter.”

The council has an online reporting system which allows members of the public to report any faults, including road defects and lighting issues through the council website. All reports go directly into the council’s repair programme, helping us to carry out timely and efficient repairs.

Road defects can also be reported by text to: 07624 802 722. You should include a reason for texting (e.g. road defect), as detailed as possible a description and a specific location.

To report any faults by telephone please call 08456 08 12 05.