Comhairle say gritting cover in place by tomorrow

A mistake in the tendering process for winter maintenance contracts has meant the Comhairle have had to start the process again.

Fears that there would not be cover in the event of early wintry weather conditions were allayed by the Comhairle yesterday (Wednesday) as they said interim arranagements would be place by Friday.

Chairman of the Transportation Committee, Cllr Donald Manford, said: “The Transportation Committee has, and takes very seriously, the responsibility to ensure that cover is in place for severe winter weather. It is regrettable, though prudent, that the contracts process had to be discontinued. I am assured that interim arrangements are already largely in place with the intention that cover for the remaining areas shall be in place by Friday when I will make a further statement.”