Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Committee has endorsed a Winter Service Plan which aims to ensure the safety of communities through any adverse weather this winter.
This year’s plan is similar to that for last winter, following the successful delivery of winter services across a period of almost unprecedented prolonged frost from late December into mid-February.
Key 2020/21 winter information:
Increased response to minimise impact of slips, trips and falls and associated impact on health services during Covid-19 pandemic
Twice daily treatments over 52 consecutive days across almost the entire primary network
A total of 192 planned preventative call outs to treat roads and footpaths
Above average salt use
Up to 12 refills of salt bins provided, compared to a maximum of 2 refills in previous years
Significant community self-help efforts through Resilient Community groups and others
Preparing for this winter:
In preparing to deal with this winter, the Council currently has:
Over 18,000 tonnes of salt stocked
Over 1,200 grit bins
19 footpath gritters
Additional contractors available to support winter maintenance operations as required
Borderers are encouraged to sign up to the free emergency messaging system SB Alert to receive early warning of adverse weather. Alerts can be provided by phone, text or email and the type of alert received can be chosen when signing up at www.sbalert.co.uk