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Moray Council to provide additional grit for community use over winter in attempt to reduce burden on NHS

By Jonathan Clark

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MORAY Council is providing additional bags of grit for community use in an attempt to reduce the burden on the NHS over winter.

The council is ploughing additional resources into its winter maintenance activity in an effort to reduce pressures on the health service from slips, trips and falls in icy conditions.

William Blake and Mark Newlands, of Moray Council's road and maintenance section.
William Blake and Mark Newlands, of Moray Council's road and maintenance section.

Residents are being asked to identify where bags filled with grit are needed, to supplement the existing network of self-help grit bins.

Requests for grit should be submitted directly to their councillor or community council for consideration by Moray Council, who will then fulfil as many requests as possible.

The council will concentrate initially on where there are fewer grit bins and high footfall. As far as resources allow, they will expand this to focus on areas of lower footfall.

Moray Council’s roads maintenance manager Mark Atherton said: “Naturally, during lockdown, we anticipate fewer people to be out and about. However, we want to make sure those who are enjoying exercise, making essential trips for food and medicine or carrying out caring responsibilities can do so as safely as possible.

“These are unprecedented times and so we are making an exceptional effort to deliver over and above our normal footpath gritting service.

"With finite resources, we are relying on the community spirit the people of Moray have shown so far during this pandemic.

“By making use of the additional grit bags provided by the council to grit their own community areas, we and Moray residents can work together to reduce the pressure on our local health services so they can concentrate on fighting the virus, and the vital vaccination rollout.”

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