AS the temperature starts to drop across the borough and more people are tempted to stay indoors, the council’s road gritting team will be hitting the streets of Sefton to start their winter work!
The local authority dispatched a fleet of winter vehicles from its award winning ‘Gritting Headquarters’ in Netherton for the first time this year on Sunday, November 21.
This is the second year Sefton Council are working from this hub after it was deemed the previous depot was no longer fit for purpose.
Located in Netherton, the facility has the capacity to store 3,500 tonnes of salt, over 250% more storage space than was available in the previous depot.
During periods of low temperatures when ice can form on road surfaces, Sefton Council and its contractors undertake a large scale carriageway treatment programme, supplemented by footway gritting in key town centres at any time day or night and continue treatments as long as necessary.
Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Without a doubt having this in-house facility is a major boost to the quality of our winter gritting service.
“The ‘Winter Hub’ is a much needed addition to our council assets and will help us to ensure, as we do every year, that residents in Sefton will be driving on safe roads this winter.
“While our gritting programme is extensive, we do encourage residents to take extra care when out and about as untreated side roads and pathways may be icy.”