Midlothian gears up for arrival of winter

Preparations are being made for winter with national agencies focusing on the importance of the road network and protecting household pipes.

In addition, with memories of last year’s severe weather still fresh, Midlothian Council has begun stockpiling road salt.

There are already 3,800 tonnes at the Fushiebridge depot and another 3,000 tonnes will arrive shortly.

The council is looking to work with community groups and local residents across the county to keep Midlothian moving in the event of snow falls and freezing temperatures.

A mix of salt and grit will be made available to these community groups at 16 specified places, in addition to the 494 grit bins placed throughout the county for general use.

The council’s focus will be on keeping priority roads, such as bus routes and those near hospitals and emergency services, open.

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