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Council leader praises gritting teams

Perth and Kinross Council leader Murray Lyle has praised gritting teams for their efforts after temperatures plunged below zero at the start of 2021.

Although temperatures were mild in the run up to the festive season, gritting teams have been out every day since the turn of the year because of the wintry weather.

By 18 January, the Council had used 18,000 tonnes of salt on roads and footways around Perth and Kinross.

More than a quarter of that - 3,500 tonnes - was used in in a single week between 11 and 18 January.

Councillor Lyle said: "Although people should only be travelling for essential purposes, it is still necessary for our crews to get out and treat roads and footways when conditions are bad.

"This means they are out before any roads have been treated to make sure conditions are as safe as can be for other drivers and pedestrians.

"The gritting teams work seven days a week when the weather is at its worst and their dedication is hugely appreciated.  I am personally aware that some staff have worked more than three weeks without a break which is great credit to them."

"The amount of salt used in a single week shows just how treacherous conditions have been in many parts of Perth and Kinross. Even once roads have been treated, grit can be washed away by rain which then freezes and so the road needs gritted once again.

"It is an extremely difficult job but one that is absolutely vital and I would like to express my thanks to all those who have been working extremely hard to keep the roads clear this winter.

Grit bins across Perth have also been refilled by crews with assistance from external contractors, community justice and housing repairs staff.

Additionally, 17 one-tonne bags of grit have been placed in strategic locations across Perth and Kinross for use by members of the public.