Cllr Majury on Dunblane’s Icy Pavements
Dunblane Telegram kindly alerted the community to the slippery/icy ground conditions around Dunblane on Monday morning, and that particularly bad patches have been reported near the train station area, around the Dunblane Golf Club area, some spots along Stirling Road and on the High Street itself.
Council officers have explained that the Winter Maintenance treatment decision that was made on Sunday afternoon. The decision is made on Sunday for Mondays treatments.
As per Policy the responsible officer discussed the lunchtime forecast with the Winter Duty Officer and as the road surface temperature was forecast as below zero, it was decided to carry out a Pre grit (Sunday PM) of 20g/m2 to the carriageways, both urban and rural
As temperatures were forecast to rise in the morning, from 9.00am urban and 11.00 rural, it was not considered that a Stand To (Monday AM) treatment was required.
As residual salt levels (from road monitors) were high, and as the footways were treated on the Sunday morning, they were not included. They would have residual salt from the previous treatment.
Rain was due in the morning that aligned with the rise in temperatures, unfortunately there was rain at 6.00AM on the Monday morning, which was not forecast. Due to the lower temperatures, this contributed the conditions observed, which could not have been foreseen.
As you can see the council did consider the possibility of gritting the impacted footways in Dunblane but at the time the decision had to be made, the indications were that it would not be required. Predicting when and where to use grit so as to avoid icy roads/pavements but also that the grit simply isn’t required and would be washed away is difficult. So I have no criticism over the Sunday afternoon decision. Stirling Council offered to send out the footway tractor on Monday but at that point the weather conditions had switched to being warmer with rain.
Stirling Council will be holding separate meetings in relation to Polling Day to ensure that any treatments that may be required are carried out to allow safe access to these sites.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.