Council interested in voluntary gritters

Argyll and Bute Council

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Communities and groups wanting to support Argyll and Bute Council’s winter maintenance programme are being invited to get in touch with offers of help.

The move follows a story in The Oban Times about Councillor Roddy McCuish telling January’s Oban Community Council meeting that an offer by community housing association ACHA to help grit the town’s pavements had been turned down by Argyll and Bute Council.

His comments followed a flurry of concern about side roads and paths in snow and ice.

During that meeting, Councillor McCuish, who is also chairman of ACHA, had also  commended the ‘tremendous job’ done by council staff to keep the community on the move when bad weather strikes.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson told the Oban Times: ‘We thank Councillor McCuish for his kind words of appreciation for all the work put in by council staff during the recent spell of bad weather to keep Argyll and Bute moving.

‘We don’t have a record of the offer, but if ACHA would like to contact roadsandinfrastructure@argyll-bute.gov.uk, we would be delighted to hear more.’

Any organisation wishing to volunteer should contact roadsandinfrastructure@argyll-bute.gov.uk.