Council ready for winter weather

Merton Council is well prepared for severe winter weather this year so residents can be sure the borough will keep moving in the event of ice and snow.

The council’s salt barn is full with over 2,300 tonnes of salt to grit priority roads across the borough. Its fleet of five gritters are at the ready to follow a planned gritting route. This will help to keep traffic on the main roads in operation if it snows or becomes icy. The council’s street sweeping team have been prepped to keep footpaths around the town centres clear of ice as and when needed.

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Merton’s winter maintenance duty officers will be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week making decisions on when and where to grit, based on Met Office weather forecasts.

Councillor Andrew Judge, cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, said: “Due to our good preparation we are well placed to deal with any wintry conditions that could come our way. This will keep our roads and pavements clear so that people can still make their journeys around the borough safely.”

For more info, visit www.merton.gov.uk/wintermaintenance

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