Aberdeen communities are being given the chance to help themselves this winter, by taking charge of supplies of salt to treat their areas during harsh conditions.
The council is rolling out a community winter self-help scheme, following a successful trial last winter, which saw more than 30 tonnes of salt provided free across the city. Expressions of interest are invited from members of the community who are willing to get out and do their bit to tackle ice and snow locally.
One tonne bags of salt could 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, would have to be available for storing the salt.
Council leader and convener of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Councillor Barney Crockett said: “With the best will in the world, the roads team cannot get round every street every day to clear roads and pavements, particularly when the conditions are very severe and they have to concentrate on the priority routes.
“Over the last few winters it has become clear that a fair amount of people in the city are willing to help out in their own communities, whether it’s simply clearing the pavement outside their own homes, or a more concerted effort to clear snow and ice from the area, or even by looking out for neighbours and vulnerable members of the community.
“That strong community spirit, which saw neighbours come together, made last year’s trial a success and I am very pleased that the scheme will continue. I would encourage any groups interested in doing this to get in touch.”
The salt, like the grit provided in grit bins, will be for use on public areas.
To express an interest in taking a bag of salt for community use, email RoadMaintenance@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone the Tullos depot on 01224 241500.