Don't worry – we've got plenty of grit stockpiled
ASSURANCES have been given that Bristol has plenty of grit should the current wintry weather continue.
Stocks of grit at May Gurney's depot in Hartcliffe are currently about 1,400 tonnes which is enough to last for several weeks.
If snow continued, there would be enough time to order and receive more grit from Northern Ireland.
Two years ago, there was a nationwide crisis when councils up and down the country ran out or very low on grit supplies because of an unexpected snowfall.
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May Gurney has replaced an old fleet of gritting lorries with seven state-of-the-art vehicles which have GPS navigation and can easily regulate spread rates.
They can put down as much as 100 tonnes of grit a day although a light spread to keep roads clear takes less than 30 tonnes.
When cold weather is forecast, the gritting lorries carry out precautionary spreading on a third of Bristol's road network including all main routes into the city.
In severe weather, the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path is also gritted.
A total of 750 grit bins are in place around Bristol for use by pedestrians and residents. Many helpful people in hilly areas volunteered as snow wardens last year, and 35 grit bags have been filled for distribution to meet their requirements.
There are also plans to make up to 100 community grit dumps if heavy snow is forecast.
The council has 58 fully trained snow wardens covering hilly residential areas of the city. This year the council is also appealing to businesses to volunteer to keep the most dangerous areas of pavement clear in shopping and business areas.
For more details visit the council's snow and extreme weather pages: www.bristol.gov.uk/snow and keep up to date on thisisbristol.co.uk.