Donegal County Council to buy new equipment for winter service fleet

Donegal County Council is to buy three new salt spreaders and eight new snowploughs to augment its winter service fleet.

Members approved the move at a meeting in Lifford this week.

In a report to members, Director of Roads Services John Mc Laughlin said he proposes to spend a total of €159,400 on 11 new pieces of equipment.

Three new 9 cubic metre salt spreaders will be used to increase the capacity of the winter service fleet, while eight new self mounting snow ploughs will complete the replacement of the council's snow ploughs with more modern and easier to use models.

The items will be paid for through the a combination of the capital fund for plant purchase and exchequer funding.

The council has been planning for the winter, with new salt barns and more reserve stocks, and members and officials are hoping these acquisitions will help ensure the disruption caused by any future cold snaps can be minimised as much as possible.