To update the Committee on the management of salt bins as
part of the Winter Maintenance Service.
To accept the
report, noting the observations made during the meeting.
The report was presented by the Cabinet Member
for Highways and Municipal and Gwynedd Consultancy and the Head of Highways and
Municipal Services. They briefly drew attention to the following main points:
The Cabinet Member
explained that the Council had contacted town and community councils in the
past to inform them that salt bins would no longer be filled by the Council,
and that it would be their responsibility to finance them. Unfortunately, town
and community councils were unable to cope with the costs causing the Council
to receive a number of calls regarding dangerous roads. Because of this, the
Highways and Municipal Department had revisited the situation.
It was declared that around 600 salt bins were located across the County
and that the Service was in the process of refiling them. The department would
monitor them regularly over the winter in order to fill them when needed.
It was explained that the
locations of the salt bins as well as the roads that were being gritted by the
Council would appear on Map Gwynedd for residents and Members to see.
The Head of the Highways and Municipal Department noted that work was
being done to number the salt bins. The unique number of the salt bins would
make it easier for members and town and community councils to report, helping
the workers to solve any problem sooner.
Members were given an
opportunity to ask questions and offer observations. During the discussion, the
following matters were raised:
The department was praised for accepting that problems had arisen in the
past regarding salt bins, and the idea of numbering the bins and noting their
location on Map Gwynedd was praised.
It was asked where the funding to reintroduce this service came from.
In response to the query, the Head of Department noted that the funding
had accumulated since town and community councils had taken over the service.
The cost of reintroducing the service was relatively similar and therefore
there was no need to look for funding from anywhere else.
It was asked if the location of the salt bins
was already on Map Gwynedd and if the public had access to this facility.
In response to the query,
the Head of Department confirmed that the salt bins were not visible on Map
Gwynedd at the moment but the process of adding them had started. Once this
process had been completed, Gwynedd residents could see them through the Council's
website. The members of the Council would be informed following the completion
of the work to enable them to share the information with the residents of their
Concern was expressed that the Winter Maintenance Service was starting
from 01.10.2022 onwards as it did not give enough time to look at the condition
of the salt bins and replace them if necessary.
In response to this statement, the Head stated that the department was
working closely with the Area Engineer and was confident that the salt bins
would be in good condition by the time they were needed. It was confirmed that
although the service had started from 01.10.2022, that the gritting service did
not normally start until the second week in November.
It was pointed out that it
appeared from the report that there were more salt bins in the Arfon area compared to other areas of the County and it was
asked if there was a reason for this and the process involved in determining
the allocation of bins in areas.
In response to the query, the Head of Department explained that there
was no particular reason why there were more salt bins in Arfon.
He noted that they were distributed as needed and that continuous assessment
was carried out.
To accept the report, noting the observations made
during the meeting.