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Thurso man is a hit with the grit


By David G Scott


A THURSO community activist has taken to the streets to help keep the pavements clear throughout the winter.

Alexander Glasgow wants to spread the word on the importance of spreading grit on pavements when conditions deteriorate and slips can happen in ice and snow.

Alexander Glasgow (left) with Iain Carlisle who said he is happy to store gritting equipment at his Messy Nessy business in the centre of Thurso.
Alexander Glasgow (left) with Iain Carlisle who said he is happy to store gritting equipment at his Messy Nessy business in the centre of Thurso.

"From memory, Highland Council gritting routes in Caithness are covered by 10 frontline gritters and four pavement tractors but there are always some spots they may not be able to cover," Mr Glasgow said.

"As part of its winter resilience programme, the council makes those yellow grit bins and shovels available in urban areas where local residents with ultra-local knowledge are willing to spread grit on local pavements."

As a former member of Thurso Community Council, Mr Glasgow says he is happy to act as a "point of contact" with all the relevant agencies to see that the system runs smoothly.

Speaking last Friday he said: "With the advent of a hard winter in Thurso and many residents expressing their concerns about local paths, I am requesting that empty bins be filled and hope to secure several new ones such as at Thurso harbour.

"Today alone I made half a dozen trips around town with a fire-bucket of grit to untreated areas."



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