Council adopts revised Winter Treatment Programme

Donegal County Council has agreed a revised Winter Maintenance Programme after a series of meetings this afternoon involving roads officials and the various electoral areas.

The agreement sees a number of new roads added to the treatment programme.

They include

Kilmacrennan to Churchill

Castlefinn to Raphoe via Beltony

Ballindrait to Raphoe via Argary

Maas-Portnoo-Ardara

Carrickfinn to Burtonport

Gortahork to Lunniagh via Brinaleck

Carrick to Glenclmcille.

Engineers say there will be sufficient salt stocks in storage, and sand and grit will be made available to the public where needed. Stranorlar councillors agreed that each member could designate an area where sand and grit would be left. In terms of equipment, it's been confirmed that the council has applied for funding from the NRA for three new snow blowers.

Issues of driver availability have also been raised, with members told that there are 38 permanent drivers available for winter service, with a further 41 relief drivers being trained up.

Roads Director John Mc Laughlin, said the sitution will be kept under review, and be discussed again in December or January.

Cllr Terence Slowey proposed the motion to proceed – He was vehemently opposed to the initial draft this morning, but agreed after a number of adjustments were made.....

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