Posted: Thu 12th Jan 2017

Caerphilly Council Is Monitoring Weather Conditions

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017

With the possibility of snow forecast over the coming days, Caerphilly County Borough Council is gearing up and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

With around 10,000 tonnes of grit in storage and a fleet of 13 gritters, the team are fully prepared for any wintry weather conditions. The fleet of gritters are equipped with new technology to cover 420 kilometres of road across the whole county borough to help keep the motorists moving. The latest equipment in conjunction with the treated salt allows distribution at a lower level, enabling the salt to ‘stick’ to the highway to ensure even spread – and minimising vehicle and street furniture damage. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In addition, 869 grit bins are strategically placed throughout the county borough, allowing residents to help themselves, for the use on side roads and residential areas that are not on the main routes covered by the gritting vehicles. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cabinet Member Cllr Tom Williams said, “Our highways team have been busy making provisions to ensure they are fully prepared for any severe weather conditions. Retaining vital services, supporting vulnerable people and keeping our county borough moving during wintry weather is of paramount importance”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In an effort to retain business as usual wherever possible, the council has also updated its Winter Service Plan, which outlines the various key actions that will be undertaken by staff during bad weather to keep the major roads throughout the county borough moving. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The council also aims to, as far as practicable; ensure access to essential council premises, residential accommodation for older people, education establishments, hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, town centres, major bus stations and emergency services. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Parents and guardians can check the status of their child’s school during snowy conditions by visiting our school closure pages ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Useful advice on being prepared for winter, gritting and support for vulnerable people can be found here ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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