Council introduces push along grit spreaders for community use

Perth & Kinross Council has agreed to promote a self help scheme for footway gritting treatment over the winter months and is seeking volunteers to grit a pre-agreed sections of footway with a push along spreader.

Volunteers wanted 

Volunteers can any able-bodied residents wishing help their local community. A push along gritter, hi-visibility waistcoat and a salt/sand supply in a one tonne bag to be stored under cover will be made available. Training and guidance will given in advance. 

There will be no specific time requirements for treating the agreed sections and no expectation of the volunteers to be out in severe weather conditions. No liability will be placed on volunteers provided they have acted reasonably and in accordance with the guidance.

Priority system

Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, Councillor Ian Campbell said: "Perth & Kinross Council's winter maintenance policy for roads and pavements is based on a priority system, aiming to provide as broad coverage as possible and minimise the impact of bad weather. We are committed to ensuring that our winter maintenance programme is the best it can be to give our residents peace of mind. 

"To ensure our programme is efficient we are willing to take an innovative approach and where we are confident new treatment methods can be beneficial we will endeavour to trial them in our area if feasible such as push along spreaders for community use. 

"I would also ask our residents to consider volunteering to help with the push along spreaders which are being made newly available. The responsibility for the roads and footpath network is huge and any assistance that can be provided by  the local community is always welcomed." 

Residents interested in getting involved with the scheme should contact the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01738 475000 in the first instance for further details.