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News - 1 December 2010

Update on snow in Brighton

Snow is falling in the city and more forecast for later today and tomorrow, so refuse and recycling drivers are being pulled off their rounds to undertake a full grit of the city today. Refuse and recycling operations are disrupted as a result.

Staff are also being diverted onto pavement gritting in priority areas. The city centre was gritted a few days ago and is still relatively clear.

The council's Cityparks staff have 4 x 4 trucks ready to take out grit as necessary.

This year the city has over 50 extra grit bins on street. This brings the total in the city to 407. The council has identified a further 50 locations where we can place bags or piles of grit during severe weather. Many of these sites are around important links to bus routes, etc, in the colder parts of the city.

Gritting is continuing in accordance with the city's Winter Service Plan, approved at the Environment Cabinet Member meeting in November. Roads have been prioritised to keep the city moving as much as possible, but it is not possible to grit every road during a spell of severe weather.

Council staff are working round the clock to make sure residents are kept informed of operations. Businesses can also play their part, by being prepared, taking care in icy conditions, clearing snow and applying salt in their road.


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