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Aberdeen communities are salt of the earth

10/01/13

More than 13 tonnes of salt has been distributed to Aberdeen communities keen to do their bit and treat the streets during wintry conditions.

Community-minded folk in Northfield, Bridge of Don, Ferryhill, Sheddocksley and Cove have signed up to Aberdeen City Council's community self-help salt trial, with expressions of interest coming from people in other areas including Garthdee, Kingswells and the city centre.

The council is carrying out a trial on salt supply and community self-help and invited expressions of interest from community groups who are willing to get out and do their bit to tackle ice and snow locally.

One tonne bags of salt can be provided, where appropriate, which members of the community can use over the winter period to tackle icy areas. A secure and accessible area, like a driveway or garage, has to be available for storing the salt.

Councillor Ramsay Milne, vice-convener of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure, said: "It's great to see that so many people in Aberdeen are willing to do their bit to help not only themselves, but also their neighbours and communities during the winter.

"With the best will in the world, our gritting teams simply cannot get round every street every day to clear and grit them all, especially when conditions are severe and they have to concentrate on the most heavily trafficked priority routes.

"By taking part in the salt trial communities can help themselves and ensure that their streets have been salted and treated during inclement periods."

The salt, like the grit provided in grit bins, will be for use only on public areas.

Any groups which would like to express an interest in taking a bag of salt for community use should email rblain@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone Richard Blain on 01224 241500.

Supermarkets and hardware stores are selling winter equipment, including bags of rock salt, antifreeze and snow shovels. The council is urging residents to be organised and get supplies now for use on their own property in case of a shortage later in the year. The salt will not go off and can be stored for future years if not needed this year. Table salt can also be used to melt ice.

Businesses and members of the public are reminded that they are welcome to use the salt in the council's grit bins, but only on public areas. It is not for use on private property or business premises. If a grit box needs to be refilled, please call 08456 080919 or call 01224 241511 and leave a message, stating the location of the box, or use the Report It link on the city council website at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk We will refill it as soon as we can.

Local and national TV and radio stations and text services provide a useful source of information for motorists and travellers during inclement weather conditions and the Met Office provides a weather warning service, which you can subscribe to on the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk

For general information on main and trunk roads visit the Traffic Scotland website at www.trafficscotland.org

The Scottish Government has created a website to help people prepare for the winter weather. The Ready Scotland site, at www.ReadyScotland.org contains practical advice and the simple steps people can take to protect themselves, their families, their communities and their businesses from the worst effects of all kinds of bad weather.

Scottish Water is offering online advice to help customers keep their properties safe this winter, at www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter