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Renfrewshire is ready for winter weather

Renfrewshire’s residents are being urged to prepare themselves for the winter weather conditions as the coldest months arrive.

Renfrewshire Council has launched its Ready for Winter campaign and has put in place its normal winter measures to ensure the area will continue to operate fully should there be severe snow, ice, wind or rain.

More than 800km of road and 1200km miles of pavement will be treated across Renfrewshire with over 4000 tonnes of salt purchased to combat the freezing conditions.

Specialist gritters will be operating on a priority basis to ensure all main bus routes and access routes to schools and emergency services remain available, providing 24 hour cover to deal with the effects of snow and ice.

Residents will also be able to access more than 400 grit bins to tackle roads which are not on essential gritting routes.

The council is also urging everyone to be #RenReady to face the winter weather by preparing in advance to keep their home, business and community safe.

Preparing emergency plans and grab bags for your home, checking weather reports often and having an emergency kit in your car are just a few of the ways which you can stay safe this winter.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise severe winter weather can cause issues for those who live and work in Renfrewshire and we are undertaking a variety of measures to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality.

“Every year we utilise our specialist gritting vehicles to provide a 24 hour response to snow and ice, which helps maintain our roads during the winter period.

“There is also a variety of advice available on our website to learn how to best prepare your home, community or business during an emergency situation.

“We want to ensure our communities are safe and prepared this winter to allow Renfrewshire to continue to operate as normal and ensure we are all #RenReady this winter.”

For more information on how you can be prepared for severe weather across the winter period visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/readyforwinter

You can follow the council’s social media campaign advising on staying safe this winter by following @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.