Poole is ready for winter

Borough of Poole is prepared for any snow and ice over the coming months. 

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

The council has: 

  • provided staff with refresher training for dealing with adverse weather 
  • tested the effectiveness of gritting Poole's roads, as the council's six gritters have been out testing the precautionary routes 
  • prepared the priority sites for manual gritting 
  • ensured staff are trained in road weather forecasting 

 Poole's gritters are 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.

Poole Gritters

1200 tonnes of road salt is in stock and arrangements are also 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 John Rampton, 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 throughout the night on several occasions to help make sure Poole didn't grind to a halt. We have used these experiences, together with a major investment of a new salt barn, 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 or items they may need to stay warm, keep mobile or to protect their property."

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