Perth and Kinross Council have released this years winter maintenance programme. The programme deals with plans for gritting and snow ploughing.
This years winter cover period will run from Saturday 17th of October 2022 until Sunday 2nd of April 2023. Roads and footpaths will be classified as category one and category two. When clearance of snow and ice is required, category one roads and footpaths will be treated 7 days a week, while category two roads will be treated Mondays to Fridays, as resources permit. Out of the 2,500 kilometres of road that is covered in the winter maintenance plan, 910 kilometres are classed as category one.
Convener of the Environment, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee, Councillor Andrew Parrott, said: “No two winters are ever the same and it is important we have the right plans in place to keep Perth and Kinross moving throughout winter.
“I would like to thank our dedicated staff members who venture out each year to treat our roads and footways so they are as safe as possible for everyone. It is challenging work in often treacherous conditions, and they deserve our respect and thanks.
“I’d urge anyone who wants to help with gritting their local footpaths to get in touch.”
Last year Councillors on the Environment, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee were told that Perth and Kinross experienced a typical winter with 14,868 tonnes of salt spread on the roads, 9,290 tonnes fewer than in the previous year.
The maintenance team this year will be supported by almost 70 volunteer farmers, who will be provided with snow ploughs so they can help with keeping the roads clear.
Residents, within the Perth and Kinross area, can also borrow push-along gritters to allow them to clear footpaths that are not usually treated by the council. If you are interested in volunteering to help out with the gritting of roads this winter, you can call the Council Customer Service Centre on 01738 475000 or alternatively make a general enquiry via the online service portal, MyPKC.