Winter weather – the cold hard facts


Over 450 tonnes of salt have been spread on Plymouth’s roads since Wednesday morning.

Plymouth City Council’s fleet of gritters covered 3600 kilometres, treating the carriage way ten times, in an operation than ran non-stop until nearly midnight on Friday.

Because of the hard work put in by Council staff and by road maintenance contractor South West Highways, both primary and secondary routes remained passable during one of the heaviest snow falls in recent years.

As well as gritters, snow plough teams responded positively to a number of specific requests for assistance in Plymstock and Plympton and supported the police major incident team at Crownhill Police Station to reduce the number and severity of incidences across the network.

Civil Enforcement Officers also lent a hand in helping to clear pavements in and around the city centre whilst Street Services teams were drafted in to help deliver meals on wheels to vulnerable residents and also helped transport social workers around the city.

Meanwhile, the Council pulled together with all relevant agencies in Plymouth to activate the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), which ensured that rough sleepers throughout the city were offered a warm and safe place to stay.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “I would like to thank all of the council staff that went the extra mile to keep the city moving and the most vulnerable cared for over the past few days.

“I would also like to thank South West Highways for their help on the roads and also PATH, the Salvation Army and the Shekinah Mission for their help in implementing the SWEP.

“It is not ease to carry on regardless when the conditions are against you so I’m proud of all of the teams across the council who came together to provide such a fantastic service.”

Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, meets Will from Shekinah Mission on Thursday

Due to the weather, and despite best attempts, our waste collection teams were unable to pick up some brown and green bins from streets where there was particularly heavy snow fall on Wednesday and Thursday.

Crews were out on Saturday catching up with collections and that will continue this week. Residents are advised to leave their bins on the roadside until they have been collected.