Tweeddale frozen out of new winter gritting plan for Borders
Published: 21 Sep 2012 07:301 comment
Scottish Borders Council broke the ice on the subject, announcing only two minor Peeblesshire B roads have been demoted from the primary gritting network.
The B7016, from Broughton to Biggar, along with the B709 from Innerleithen to Heriot, have been affected - but they'll still be serviced, but after the primary routes have been.
Across the Borders more than 100 miles have been cut from the prioritized status in a bid cut costs.
But most A and B roads will remain on the priority list, and additional grit bins will be placed around the area - with Tweeddale now having 116 bins.
As well as that, many primary routes will receive further pre-salting in the morning and evenings.
Tweeddale West Councillor Catriona Bhatia said: "It's a reduction of service on these minor roads - but that's not to say they won't be serviced. They'll still be gritted but after the primary roads have been seen to.
"Extra pre-salting has been added along some primary routes with additional salt bins around Tweeddale, so we're still in a good position for the coming winter."
She added: "A lot of work has gone on around the communities here to build up resilience against harsh weather conditions after the bad winter we had a few years ago.
"Generally speaking, when we're affected by heavy snow and the difficulties that come with it, communities tend to take responsibility for their areas."
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