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Praise for council winter maintenance crews


By David G Scott

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Highland Councillors have paid tribute to council roads crews who have been "working hard across the region" trying to keep roads open.

Following a weekend of high winds and drifting snow which caused the closure of some roads in the west, north and southeast of the region, the council’s strategic lead for police and fire, Matthew Reiss said: “I would like to pay my continued respect and thanks to all roads crews across the Highlands for their continuous efforts to keep the region moving as much as possible.

Thurso and Northwest Caithness councillor Matthew Reiss is Strategic Lead for Police and Fire in Highland Council.
Thurso and Northwest Caithness councillor Matthew Reiss is Strategic Lead for Police and Fire in Highland Council.

“While the over-riding government message during lockdown continues to be ‘Stay At Home’ and do not travel unless for essential reasons – it’s vital that for people accessing vaccinations and for other essential purposes can do so safely. To enable this our crews have been working hard to try to ensure as many roads as possible are kept open.”

The Thurso and Northwest Caithness councillor added: “I would particularly like to thank our plough drivers in Caithness who this weekend did a great job outside Thurso with 50mph winds and heavy drifting snow when hundreds of people were travelling for their vaccinations at Thurso High School. The staff were working non-stop to keep the area clear.”

Pavement tractor driver in Wick.Picture: DGS
Pavement tractor driver in Wick.Picture: DGS

Councillor Trish Robertson, chair of the council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee said: “Thank you to all our winter maintenance crews across the Highlands who are battling against these extreme conditions in very difficult times.

"From the pavement tractor drivers in our urban areas and workers spreading grit by hand to the snowplough drivers across the region who have been battling against drifting conditions I thank you all for all your hard work. It is truly appreciated.”

The council has a policy for gritting its roads and gritting priority routes maps can be viewed at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting

Anyone who wishes to support their local community can apply for a grit bin at www.highland.gov.uk/info/20005/roads_and_pavements/594/grit_bins

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