Councils prepare for bad weather

John Skidmore with a gritter at East Riding Council's Carnaby depot
John Skidmore with a gritter at East Riding Council's Carnaby depot

BRIDLINGTON Town Council is getting ready to tackle any upcoming freezing weather, as East Riding council stock up on salt and grit.

Record-breaking sub-zero temperatures and prolonged heavy snow combined to cause severe problems last Christmas and new year.

John Skidmore with a gritter at East Riding Council's Carnaby depot

John Skidmore with a gritter at East Riding Council's Carnaby depot

In the East Riding, the council is aiming to keep its salt barns 90 per cent full throughout the winter months, while Bridlington Town Council has developed it’s own Emergency Plan to combat extreme weather if it strikes - including an application for £3,000 of East Riding council grant funding to supplement their existing grit supplies for when the cold hits.

Bridlington Mayor Coun Cyril Marsburg said: “Bridlington’s issues are mainly with the clearance of pavements, and not flooding, and therefore those elements have been incorporated into the Bridlington Town Council Emergency Plan.

“The basics are that the Town Council will work with Christ Church to try to ensure that pavements are made safer when bad weather arrives.

“Christ Church will provide the manpower and the Town Council will provide the tools and grit to do it with, by working together we hope to help the Town during the winter weather months.

“The Bridlington Town Council are applying for this grant to ensure that supplies of grit and manpower can be provided to the town for when it is required.

“The team from Christ Church will aim to clear the town centre paths as much as possible and the Town Council have incorporated all the primary and secondary walking routes in the town centre.

“If the team are able to get on top of those areas then the aim is to move onto other hot spot areas in Bridlington.”

John Skidmore, East Riding council’s head of streetscene services, said the sheer size of the area covered by the authority meant its snow and ice-clearing operation was one of the largest in the country.

“It is a massive logistical operation, but we adapt and learn lessons from the previous winters, especially the last two which have been particularly harsh.

“Our gritters have already been out treating roads in the East Riding and it is our aim to keep monitoring roads 24 hours a day using our weather mapping and temperature checking equipment.

Reserve salt stocks are being kept in a new store constructed at the council’s Carnaby depot, with more on order for the moment a cold snap may kick in.

Mr Skidmore also said that plans were in place to treat roads effected by extreme cold temperatures, saying the council had last year spent £1.3 million on patching up cracks and potholes which appeared on roads when snow and ice thawed.

Mr Skidmore said the grant scheme launched last year for town and parish councils, was a “highly popular initiative” that would allow individual areas decide the most appropriate areas to clear.