Monday 16 September 2019

Six new gritting machines ready for the next snowfall

PEOPLE should see an improvement in the gritting of footpaths around Wexford town if there is another fall of snow this winter.

Wexford Borough Council has bought six new pedestrian gritting machines to clear snow and ice off footpaths and they will be put into action during any further snowfalls.

The council is also reviewing its Blizzard Plan in conjunction with the County Council and will be inviting comments from householders and businessmen as part of a public consultation process.

'We intend to publish a new plan to deal with severe weather conditions,' said director of services Adrian Doyle. 'We will be publishing it before it is adopted.'

At a Borough Council meeting last week, council officials and public representatives were united in praising local authority staff for their work during the recent arctic conditions.

'I think it is important to acknowledge the efforts of the staff who were out from early morning gritting the roads. On St Stephen's Day, they were out from 3 a.m. until midday,' said Mr Doyle, who also commended the voluntary efforts of traders and townspeople.

He included Wexford Golf Course, which spread 20 tonnes of grit at the top of Mulgannon and five tonnes in the neighbouring housing estates.

The director of services said the local authority will be better prepared in future. 'We have increased our equipment and our supply of salt', he told the meeting.

'We're moving away from the idea that everything has to stop when there is a snowfall. We learned a lot from the snowfall last January and the first snowfall in November,' he said.

Cllr Anthony Kelly (Sinn Féin) commended the Borough Council and the Wexford community on the spirit of co-operation shown during the extreme weather.

Cllr Jim Allen (Fine Gael) praised the traders, especially Michael Hayes of O'Brien's sandwich bars, who showed 'great leadership'.

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