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I have had a few requests today from residents asking if their street can be cleared of snow. I have passed all of these on to Council Officers via e-mail. So far the only response I have had arrived via social media: “Our gritters and ploughs are working as hard as they can and will not deviate from the original planned and approved routes”.
For the time being, I think we have to leave Council staff to get on with their job. Indeed, I had a walk from my house in Buckstone to the Colinton Mains Tesco first thing this morning (for soup ingredients!) and could see that Council staff had been working hard overnight on the footpaths and roads. However, with over 2,000 miles of roads and over 4,000 miles of footpaths in the city, there is still a lot of work left to do for only 22 gritters and 11 pavement tractors. Nonetheless, this hard work means that Lothian Buses are now running again.
It’s not just our Council Staff that are doing a great job, take a look at this accident one of the bus drivers working on a route passing through my Ward (Frogston Road) narrowly avoided:
What can you do to help? Some ideas:
- If you are able, why not clear the public footpath outside your house or that of an elderly neighbour?
- If you clear the snow from your driveway, please don’t dump it on the footpath!
- Colinton Primary needs volunteers for a snow clearing party this Sunday – 12.30 till 2pm!! All welcome, bring your shovels
- If your local grit bin is empty, you can request a refill.
- If you feel you need an additional grit bin, you can request it here. Please let me know when you make this request as this system is a bit wonky!
- If you own a car, please make sure that where you have parked it is not making it harder for the gritter driver to do his job.
- We should never park on the pavement as it makes it difficult for people with prams and wheelchairs to pass, but doing so now will also hinder the pavement tractors.
Lastly, I just want to say that I was really moved to see Local residents clearing snow from Mounthooly Loan (almost 1km long) to help doctors living in the area get to work. They got a great deal done before the gritter eventually arrived Well done!