THURROCK Council is asking local people to make sure they are ready for winter.
The weather so far this autumn has been mild in the main — but everyone would do well to remember that exactly a year ago we were all struggling through many inches of snow.
The council has launched a winter webpage on its site (www.thurrock.gov.uk) providing a first point of call for most of people’s winter questions.
Just click on the links — waste and recycling, school days, council opening times, weather forecasts, travel and transport, and winter at home — to find helpful advice.
“We’ve learned from the last two bad winters and we’re more than ready now,” said the council’s Environment portfolio holder, Cllr Val Morris-Cook.
“It was a close-run thing in last year’s snow, but now we have stocks well in excess of the total we used then and I’m confident there’s enough grit stocked securely in Thurrock.”
She added: “And don’t forget when it gets cold to keep an eye on your old and vulnerable neighbours.”
Last year Thurrock managed to keep its gritting teams working on the major routes around the borough — but only just.
This year, not only have extra people been trained, but Thurrock has over 3,000 tonnes of grit in secured places around the borough — more than was used in either of the two previous winters.
Ten community groups, such as the Horndon-on-the-Hill Community Forum have joined with the council to help keep more local roads and pavements clear if it snows.
The council has set aside some funding in its winter maintenance budget for this pilot scheme and if it proves a success then it will be able to build on that success in winters to come.
The locked bins will be controlled by the community group and residents will be able to request salt to be either distributed in an area
In addition, the council is advising people how to deal with Christmas recycling. Ordinary Christmas wrapping paper – not the “metallic” or cellophane types – can go in the blue bin along with Christmas cards.
Recycling real Christmas Tree couldn’t be simpler as they can be cut up and placed in the brown bins.