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Let’s help each other stay resilient through winter

Thu, 07 Jan 2021

As part of the Council’s Caring, Kind and Connected Campaign, we’re asking local residents to help us and each other by setting up winter resilience groups in their street or area.

We can provide you with training, full PPE, shovels, buckets, footway spreaders and give you further details about how to get involved. As well as being an opportunity to be kind and caring to your neighbours, it’s also a great way to get out and exercise!

Ayrshire Roads Alliance has already been developing local volunteer groups and helping them to carry out footway gritting during winter weather, as well as supporting them to provide much needed assistance to vulnerable residents within their local areas where required.

We currently have 57 groups with a further eight soon to be trained and provided with equipment. This amounts to over 300 volunteers now actively involved in our winter resilience scheme.

This partnership working has led to a significant improvement in the Council’s ability to carry out additional footway gritting operations in areas that we would not be able to get to so easily.

The weather has obviously been quite challenging over the last couple of weeks and the Ayrshire Roads Alliance has carried out 299 gritting operations and spread 2,050 tonnes of salt since Sunday 27 December 2020 on our network. This work has been supported by colleagues from Housing and Communities, teams from Community Payback and private contractors.

We also have 729 grit bins located across our network which were all filled prior to the holiday period. You can see their locations at www.ayrshireroadsalliance.org and you can ask for your local grit bin to be refilled there too. You can also view details of our winter service plan and detailed gritting operations via ‘Track My Gritter’.

Any community group or resident who’d like to take part in the winter resilience group scheme should contact Ayrshire Roads Alliance by emailing Enquiries@ayrshireroadsalliance.org for further details.