Council gets ready for winter months

Council staff and vehicles are ready for winter.
Council staff and vehicles are ready for winter.

The leaves are falling, the nights are about to get darker and there’s a nip in the air suggesting that winter may be just around the corner.

But while most of us have spent the last few weeks hoping for an Indian summer, South Ayrshire Council has been hard at work, making sure all services and operations are geared up and ready for winter 2012/13.

We’re again supporting the Scottish Government’s “Ready for Winter” campaign – launched in response to the extreme weather the country experienced in 2010 – which will focus on four themes – home, community, workplace and on the move.

The Councils preparations will mirror the national approach and Councillor John McDowall, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Sustainability added: “The four themes touch on nearly every area of our everyday lives and we’ll shortly be reminding individuals, families, communities and businesses of the risks and consequences of being under prepared for the impact of severe winter weather.

“Last year, most people appreciated the information, advice and guidance we offered on how best to cope during severe weather conditions and we’ll again be trying to get this vital information to as many residents as possible, in a number of different ways.

“We already offer a winter road maintenance page on our website, with up to the minute advice on weather conditions, safer driving, routes being gritted, grit bin locations and a 24 hour emergency helpline.

“In addition, we’re adding web pages to help people stay safe and sound in their homes and at work, on the road and in the community, all of which is linked to the Government’s ‘Ready for Winter’ offering a host of practical extra advice on how to stay safe and warm this winter.

Councillor McDowall concluded: “We learned a great deal from the severity of the previous winters. Last year we were recognised by the Association for Public Service Excellence as one of the best local authorities in the UK for how we dealt with gritting and keeping our road network open.

“This year, we’re just as prepared and our aim is to make sure our residents are equally ready for winter 2012/13.”