Winter maintenance

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THE AMOUNT of salt stockpiled for use on the city’s roads this winter could be reduced after a succession of mild seasons.

Based on the average amount of salt used in the past five years councillors will be asked to agree to reduce the stockpile for the coming winter by 1800 tonnes.

Bill Campbell depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We have reviewed the amount of salt used each winter since 2010/11 and found that the average was 7000 tonnes.

“Based on this review we think that taking it down from 10,000 to 8,200 tonnes is a prudent move that should not disadvantage road users in Dundee in any way. We are still properly prepared for even a severe winter.

“If however we do get more severe weather than we have had in recent winters then contingency plans are already in place with suppliers to re-stock mid-season.”

Dundee City Council operates a priority system of winter maintenance to permit the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the more important parts of the road and paths network.

Roads and paths have been designated as priority, secondary or cul de sac depending on their strategic importance and as part of the Road Maintenance Partnership, Tayside Contracts operates and maintains a fleet of vehicles to salt, grit and clear the adopted roads and footways maintained by the council.

Grit bins provide self-help in less accessible locations with the council providing around 830 of them across the city on adopted paths and council housing footways.

The city development committee meets on Monday (September 26).

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