Bournemouth Council says gritting operation is ongoing

BOURNEMOUTH Council says its gritting operation has been in constant operation since 9.45pm on Wednesday.

The authority’s fleet of four gritting lorries has been laying down quantities of the council’s 1,200 tonne supply of Safecote salt on a 232-mile network of roads across the borough.

Council spokesperson, Rachael Mills, said the gritting operation was ongoing.

“We have salted all the primary roads, including the main commuter routes, A-roads, routes to hospitals, and roads leading to the town centre.

“All the main routes – including Wimborne Road and Ringwood Road – have been gritted.

“We’ve had a constant operation since 9.45pm last night. We are still on full gritting operation. It will be ongoing for the foreseeable future. Obviously, overnight will be critical,” she said.

A new shift of drivers started work in the early hours of this morning to continue the operation, and “all available manpower” has now been diverted to “hand salting” – treating pedestrian areas.

Several on-line readers had posted concerns for roads in Bearwood, Kinson, and Winton, and questioned whether the roads had been treated.

Ms Mills said falling snow and constant road use meant conditions could change shortly after roads had been treated. “The whole run takes about three hours. If snow is falling, it can be very quickly churned up. The operation is on-going and the entire network is treated effectively every three hours,” she said.

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11:19am Thu 2 Dec 10

sexyjames says...

i think you missed winton with your gritter lorrys stevie wonder could do a better job gritting our roads,
i think you missed winton with your gritter lorrys stevie wonder could do a better job gritting our roads, sexyjames
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11:59am Thu 2 Dec 10

sm9bp says...

what a constructive comment Mr.Wintonshire..!
what a constructive comment Mr.Wintonshire..! sm9bp
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12:25pm Thu 2 Dec 10

MJD says...

sm9bp wrote:
what a constructive comment Mr.Wintonshire..!
He is spot on though with his comment.
[quote][p][bold]sm9bp[/bold] wrote: what a constructive comment Mr.Wintonshire..![/p][/quote]He is spot on though with his comment. MJD
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1:41pm Thu 2 Dec 10

AJ70 says...

Same old Council - Full of grit
Same old Council - Full of grit AJ70
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1:57pm Thu 2 Dec 10

spyglass says...

How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.
How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads. spyglass
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2:05pm Thu 2 Dec 10

all seeing cat says...

AJ70 wrote:
Same old Council - Full of grit
same old comments, full of ***t!

good work council dudes and dudettes, keep those roads open!

no, i dont work for the council, am a mason or any other bizarre comment, but it does get a bit 'glas half empty' with the comments on here.. i know the echo tried to whip you all up like the daily mail does with its anti council comments, some of which are spot on but for once give these bods credit!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaargh!
[quote][p][bold]AJ70[/bold] wrote: Same old Council - Full of grit[/p][/quote]same old comments, full of ***t! good work council dudes and dudettes, keep those roads open! no, i dont work for the council, am a mason or any other bizarre comment, but it does get a bit 'glas half empty' with the comments on here.. i know the echo tried to whip you all up like the daily mail does with its anti council comments, some of which are spot on but for once give these bods credit!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaargh! all seeing cat
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2:28pm Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

spyglass wrote:
How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.
Support and praise comes when the people have seen someone doing something, that of course is not the case here, the gritters have been conspicuous by there absence, had we seen them going up and down the road all night then i'm sure support and praise would have been forthcoming.
Funny enough I have seen gritters over the past couple of weeks quite often, I think the reason for their absence last night was due to the fact that the roads hadn't been gritted and they couldn't get out.
[quote][p][bold]spyglass[/bold] wrote: How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.[/p][/quote]Support and praise comes when the people have seen someone doing something, that of course is not the case here, the gritters have been conspicuous by there absence, had we seen them going up and down the road all night then i'm sure support and praise would have been forthcoming. Funny enough I have seen gritters over the past couple of weeks quite often, I think the reason for their absence last night was due to the fact that the roads hadn't been gritted and they couldn't get out. captsanders
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2:29pm Thu 2 Dec 10

WIGGINSv says...

Cheers dude, we do try our best.....Respect.
Cheers dude, we do try our best.....Respect. WIGGINSv
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2:30pm Thu 2 Dec 10

oy@Bmth says...

Bournemouth Council bought 3 new gritters this year to replace the old ones. Yesterday during the day 1 broke down so they have only got 2 doing the job of 3, so well done to the guys out last night gritting Bournemouths roads.
Bournemouth Council bought 3 new gritters this year to replace the old ones. Yesterday during the day 1 broke down so they have only got 2 doing the job of 3, so well done to the guys out last night gritting Bournemouths roads. oy@Bmth
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2:49pm Thu 2 Dec 10

spyglass says...

captsanders wrote:
spyglass wrote: How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.
Support and praise comes when the people have seen someone doing something, that of course is not the case here, the gritters have been conspicuous by there absence, had we seen them going up and down the road all night then i'm sure support and praise would have been forthcoming. Funny enough I have seen gritters over the past couple of weeks quite often, I think the reason for their absence last night was due to the fact that the roads hadn't been gritted and they couldn't get out.
Well the gritters were out last night so perhaps you were conspicuous by your absence. I do not agree that support and praise only comes when people have seen someone doing something. There are many unsung people, particularly in the pubic sector, whose work is not always seen but who provide essential services and support to people less fortunate or in need.
[quote][p][bold]captsanders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spyglass[/bold] wrote: How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.[/p][/quote]Support and praise comes when the people have seen someone doing something, that of course is not the case here, the gritters have been conspicuous by there absence, had we seen them going up and down the road all night then i'm sure support and praise would have been forthcoming. Funny enough I have seen gritters over the past couple of weeks quite often, I think the reason for their absence last night was due to the fact that the roads hadn't been gritted and they couldn't get out.[/p][/quote]Well the gritters were out last night so perhaps you were conspicuous by your absence. I do not agree that support and praise only comes when people have seen someone doing something. There are many unsung people, particularly in the pubic sector, whose work is not always seen but who provide essential services and support to people less fortunate or in need. spyglass
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3:09pm Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

spyglass wrote:
captsanders wrote:
spyglass wrote: How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.
Support and praise comes when the people have seen someone doing something, that of course is not the case here, the gritters have been conspicuous by there absence, had we seen them going up and down the road all night then i'm sure support and praise would have been forthcoming. Funny enough I have seen gritters over the past couple of weeks quite often, I think the reason for their absence last night was due to the fact that the roads hadn't been gritted and they couldn't get out.
Well the gritters were out last night so perhaps you were conspicuous by your absence. I do not agree that support and praise only comes when people have seen someone doing something. There are many unsung people, particularly in the pubic sector, whose work is not always seen but who provide essential services and support to people less fortunate or in need.
Oh really, that would explain all the negative comments on here over the last few weeks about how easy the public sector workers have had it over the last few years would it.
I don't think that anybody who works in a hospital would agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]spyglass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]captsanders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spyglass[/bold] wrote: How about a bit of support and praise for those Council workers who have been and are still out trying to keep roades etc clear. The expectations and negative comments of some must make the workers question why they were not tucked up in a warm bed overnight instead of spending hours spreading salt on the primary roads.[/p][/quote]Support and praise comes when the people have seen someone doing something, that of course is not the case here, the gritters have been conspicuous by there absence, had we seen them going up and down the road all night then i'm sure support and praise would have been forthcoming. Funny enough I have seen gritters over the past couple of weeks quite often, I think the reason for their absence last night was due to the fact that the roads hadn't been gritted and they couldn't get out.[/p][/quote]Well the gritters were out last night so perhaps you were conspicuous by your absence. I do not agree that support and praise only comes when people have seen someone doing something. There are many unsung people, particularly in the pubic sector, whose work is not always seen but who provide essential services and support to people less fortunate or in need.[/p][/quote]Oh really, that would explain all the negative comments on here over the last few weeks about how easy the public sector workers have had it over the last few years would it. I don't think that anybody who works in a hospital would agree with you. captsanders
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4:01pm Thu 2 Dec 10

spyglass says...

Captsanders states
'Oh really, that would explain all the negative comments on here over the last few weeks about how easy the public sector workers have had it over the last few years would it.
I don't think that anybody who works in a hospital would agree with you.'

Well Col Sanders - there's a promotion for you - Public sector workers including those in hospitals and those undertaking essential services under difficult circumstances in local government, (including gritter drivers) are exactly the types of workeres I am supporting in response to your negativity!
Captsanders states 'Oh really, that would explain all the negative comments on here over the last few weeks about how easy the public sector workers have had it over the last few years would it. I don't think that anybody who works in a hospital would agree with you.' Well Col Sanders - there's a promotion for you - Public sector workers including those in hospitals and those undertaking essential services under difficult circumstances in local government, (including gritter drivers) are exactly the types of workeres I am supporting in response to your negativity! spyglass
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4:02pm Thu 2 Dec 10

spyglass says...

Captsanders states
'Oh really, that would explain all the negative comments on here over the last few weeks about how easy the public sector workers have had it over the last few years would it.
I don't think that anybody who works in a hospital would agree with you.'

Well Col Sanders - there's a promotion for you - Public sector workers including those in hospitals and those undertaking essential services under difficult circumstances in local government, (including gritter drivers) are exactly the types of workeres I am supporting in response to your negativity!
Captsanders states 'Oh really, that would explain all the negative comments on here over the last few weeks about how easy the public sector workers have had it over the last few years would it. I don't think that anybody who works in a hospital would agree with you.' Well Col Sanders - there's a promotion for you - Public sector workers including those in hospitals and those undertaking essential services under difficult circumstances in local government, (including gritter drivers) are exactly the types of workeres I am supporting in response to your negativity! spyglass
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5:01pm Thu 2 Dec 10

TheDistrict says...

Having been out on foot this afternoon I observed that the main route roads had been gritted, as it was evident as the snow turned to slush (Grit does not fall from the sky). Therefore the council must have been out before the snow began to fall, and in all honesty no one was aware of the intensity of the snow. Likewise, during my walk I also saw the council in smaller trucks, gritting footpaths outside shops along the Kinson Road, Columbia Road and Wallisdown Road, and other paved areas of concern. Please do not insinuate that the council have not gritted, because either everyone else is, or you have not witnessed it yourselves. It is being done, and they are still out there doing there jobs.
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If one wonders why there is no bin collection today and tomorrow, it is because the crews are being employed on the gritting as they were last year I beleive.
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Remember these are COUNCIL WORKERS, NOT COUNCILLORS OR SHERKERS.
Having been out on foot this afternoon I observed that the main route roads had been gritted, as it was evident as the snow turned to slush (Grit does not fall from the sky). Therefore the council must have been out before the snow began to fall, and in all honesty no one was aware of the intensity of the snow. Likewise, during my walk I also saw the council in smaller trucks, gritting footpaths outside shops along the Kinson Road, Columbia Road and Wallisdown Road, and other paved areas of concern. Please do not insinuate that the council have not gritted, because either everyone else is, or you have not witnessed it yourselves. It is being done, and they are still out there doing there jobs. . If one wonders why there is no bin collection today and tomorrow, it is because the crews are being employed on the gritting as they were last year I beleive. . Remember these are COUNCIL WORKERS, NOT COUNCILLORS OR SHERKERS. TheDistrict
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5:19pm Thu 2 Dec 10

sexyjames says...

bournemouths new ice rink opened today with thanks to bournemouth council grab your skates and pop on down to withermoor road.
bournemouths new ice rink opened today with thanks to bournemouth council grab your skates and pop on down to withermoor road. sexyjames
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5:41pm Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

Well may I say thank you for your support.
My negativity comes after working in the public sector for over 20 years and the comments on here about us at the moment are sickening, I would dearly love some of these moaners on here who reckon that we have had enormous wage rises and get final salary pensions to come into my place of work one day and they would see it's not all sunshine and roses.
Well may I say thank you for your support. My negativity comes after working in the public sector for over 20 years and the comments on here about us at the moment are sickening, I would dearly love some of these moaners on here who reckon that we have had enormous wage rises and get final salary pensions to come into my place of work one day and they would see it's not all sunshine and roses. captsanders
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7:13pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Bournemouth Woman says...

captsanders wrote:
Well may I say thank you for your support. My negativity comes after working in the public sector for over 20 years and the comments on here about us at the moment are sickening, I would dearly love some of these moaners on here who reckon that we have had enormous wage rises and get final salary pensions to come into my place of work one day and they would see it's not all sunshine and roses.
I don't doubt there are some hard working people in the council, unfortunately a lot of the bosses are a waste of time. They recently got rid of one lousy manager Judith Martin. Is Rachael Mills any relation of Paula Mills?
[quote][p][bold]captsanders[/bold] wrote: Well may I say thank you for your support. My negativity comes after working in the public sector for over 20 years and the comments on here about us at the moment are sickening, I would dearly love some of these moaners on here who reckon that we have had enormous wage rises and get final salary pensions to come into my place of work one day and they would see it's not all sunshine and roses.[/p][/quote]I don't doubt there are some hard working people in the council, unfortunately a lot of the bosses are a waste of time. They recently got rid of one lousy manager Judith Martin. Is Rachael Mills any relation of Paula Mills? Bournemouth Woman
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8:54pm Thu 2 Dec 10

AJ70 says...

How is the surf reef working? Making millions (of people suffer) BBC bit like FIFA, but more corrupt -)
How is the surf reef working? Making millions (of people suffer) BBC bit like FIFA, but more corrupt -) AJ70
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