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Poole's Getting Ready For Winter

Borough of Poole is making its final preparations in readiness for any snow and ice over the coming months.

Over the last few weeks the council has been testing its resilience, ensuring it can effectively respond to any challenges that the winter weather may bring.

The council has:

*     tested the effectiveness of gritting Poole's roads, as the council's four gritters have been out testing the precautionary routes
*     prepared the priority sites for manual gritting
*     staff trained by the Met Office in weather forecasting
*     reviewed the information and advice available for residents during periods of severe weather

Three multi functional vehicles, which double up as gritters, will soon be delivered providing additional support to the Council's fleet. Poole's gritters are currently on standby 24 hours a day, ready to treat roads in case of ice and snow. The gritters treat up to 120 miles of priority roads in Poole as and when necessary.

1200 tonnes of road salt is also in stock and arrangements are in place with neighbouring authorities for the provision of further salt if required. 63 grit bins in strategic locations throughout the borough have been prepared in readiness for bad weather. 

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "The last few winters have presented a range of challenges to councils up and down the country. Our staff worked tirelessly, often throughout the night, to ensure Poole didn't grind to a halt. We have used these experiences to ensure this year's preparations are robust enough to cope with whatever weather this winter brings.

"This is also a good time for people to look at their own preparations for adverse weather and ensure they have their own supplies of grit, sandbags and any other items they may need to keep mobile or to protect their property."

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