Fight to stay ahead of Jack Frost is underway
Holidays in the sun may be on most people’s minds — but that hasn’t stopped Cheshire East Council planning ahead for the coming winter.
In preparation, the authority has been training drivers, briefing teams and investing in a new fleet through its new highways services contract with Ringway Jacobs.
Its staff will combine forces with the authority existing highways team to keep the roads open this winter should their be a cold snap.
The council said Ringway Jacobs has extensive experience of providing winter services in extreme conditions across the UK and is confident it will be able to ring innovation, efficiency and high level of winter service.
Gritting teams work around the clock in an effort to keep riority routes open to commuters.
The public will be able to log onto the Cheshire East Council website and see the gritting routes and track the gritters in live time on the site, allowing them to plan their journeys. A Twitter account is also being repared with updates with any disruption to routes.
Coun Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Our highways team worked extremely hard last winter —
and the winter before — in what were often very difficult circumstances.
“Our winter strategy will be enhanced this year by ensuring we give as much detailed information as possible to the public to allow them to plan their journeys in extreme weather conditions.
“I would like, again, to praise all the efforts of our highways staff. We are now already preparing for potentially harsh winter weather — although, like most people, I am hoping for a much milder season.”
Cheshire East Council has been busily preparing for the winter season through the early summer months.
● It has a fleet of 20 gritting vehicles across the area, ready to carry out treatment on 17 principal gritting routes.
● More than half of the fleet will load and operate directly from Winsford Salt Mine and Lyme Green Depot Macclesfield.
● These gritters spread about 15,000 tonnes of salt onto the highway network in an average winter.
● The council spreads salt to prevent ice from forming on 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometres) of the network on every night when frost or icy conditions are forecast.
● Salting is normally completed within four hours and usually before 7am.
● The council holds around 6,000 tonnes of de-icing salt which is replenished, as used, throughout winter season.
● This year the council has the addition of 500 tonnes of salt bags which can be dropped in strategic places when snow is forecast. It is hoped these will also help rural communities.
● The gritting fleet is fitted with gps navigation which allows duty officers to know exactly when and which routes have been treated.
Salt works by turning the ice or snow surrounding each granule into a saline solution. Passing traffic then breaks down the salt granules, forming a saline solution to either prevent ice from forming or to melt it.
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Learn to become lifesavers on a two-hour course
Congletonians have been offered a free course to help teach them the skills needed in life and death situations.
The courses are being run by Congleton First Responders, a group that has been serving the community for seven years.
They are trained and operated by the North West Ambulance Service and attend to a wide variety of medical emergencies.
Several members of the team recently completed a British Heart Foundation Heart Start course, gaining additional skills in the tuition of basic life support, including how to recognise and deal with a heart attack, choking, cardiac arrest and an unconscious patient.
Their qualified instructors are now inviting members of the public to apply for free basic life support courses, which consist of approximately two hours in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a British Heart Foundation attendance certificate. Although this is not a recognised first aid qualification, it does give participants the skills of knowing what to do in the nfortunate situation of certain medical emergencies.
The first responder team will e attending the Rotary Club of Congleton’s family fun day on 28th August between noon and 4pm at the Church House Pub, Buxton Rd, Buglawton.
Responders will be happy to answer any questions anyone may have regarding the course. For further information contact Sandra MacCreath via email at email@example.com or call 07766821275.
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