Fife prepares for severe winter weather

Fife Council staff ready for winter, from left, Jimmy Stott (roadworker), Derek Crowe (senior manager), Bill Liddle (service manager), Jim Coleman (lead professional) and Jimmy Jack (highway supervisor).
Fife Council staff ready for winter, from left, Jimmy Stott (roadworker), Derek Crowe (senior manager), Bill Liddle (service manager), Jim Coleman (lead professional) and Jimmy Jack (highway supervisor).
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Storm Abigail might not have had the impact initially expected – but there’s bound to be more bad weather on the way.

Fife Council says it’s ready and prepared for winter.

And it’s reminding Fifers are reminded there are plenty ways to stay well informed during periods of severe weather.

By checking out www.fifedirect.org.uk/winter, people can sign up for personal emails or text alerts to find out about school or facility closures. There’s also plenty of advice on how to prepare for winter, whether at home, in the car and in the community.

And those who follow Fife Council on Facebook and Twitter will received updates as they happen direct to their mobile phones and computers.

Radio stations Kingdom FM (95.2 & 96.1), Forth One (97.3) and Tay FM (96.4 &102.8) will also provide updates, broadcasting information about any road and school closures.

Head teachers will make the final decisions whether or not to open their school during severe weather. Decisions will be made with as much notice as possible.

Fifers can even keep up to date on what’s happening on TV: Sky – go to channel 539 and press the red button; and Virgin Media – go to channel 233 and press the red button.

Anyone in need of emergency help should speak to an advisor by calling 03451 55 00 99.

For the last few months the council has been preparing for winter.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment and transportation, said: “Fife Council is committed to keeping Fife moving despite the weather. Staff will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make sure this happens.

“There are 55 vehicles in our winter fleet ready to treat Fife’s roads, as well as 42 mini-tractors to clear and grit footpaths.

“When weather is extremely bad, we have access to up to 1000 personnel and we also have arrangements for external resources, plant and equipment.

He added: “To make sure we’re not caught short, we start getting ready for the winter during the summer.

“In the last few months we’ve taken delivery of 17,000 tonnes of salt, taking our salt stocks up to 36,000 tonnes. Taking these steps now, assures a safer winter on Fife’s roads.”