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Snow and ice in Scotland: Your stories

Some councils in Scotland say they're running out of salt and grit to treat the roads because of the longest winter freeze for two decades.

BBC website readers across Scotland have been sharing their experiences of icy roads.


Janice Duncan, GP
Janice Duncan has been using beach sand to treat the icy roads

I'm the local GP so it's essential that I get to work, people rely on our services. Last Tuesday I needed to get out early to do house calls but the roads were so icy that we had to grit them ourselves. With the help of a nurse, I used the last bit of grit provided by the council so we could get the car onto a main road.

Now the grit is finished and we don't know when we'll get more. In the past 24 hours, we've been carrying sand from the beach and using it on the roads. I've moved my car onto a main road which is a fifteen minute walk from my home so that I can drive to work tomorrow.

There are a lot of older people here and they're all stuck at home. I even went to a nursing home and the car park was a sheet of ice.

I don't usually complain and I'm a fairly laid back person, but when you have to start planning how you're going to get to work 24 hours in advance, things have gone too far.


Sunset over snowed under street
Angela Marshall: "The roads are treacherous although the sky is pretty"

My street is like a scene from 'Ice Road Truckers' - you probably get the picture even if you haven't seen the programme. We haven't been gritted in two weeks and there is no grit to be found anywhere. The roads are treacherous and there is a foot of snow on the pavement.

People are attempting to clear the road but without grit it just freezes and compacts. Many are now parking on main roads because they can't even get into their street - it's simply an accident waiting to happen.

My dad is in his 70s and has arthritis yet he is having to dig himself out most days as there is no grit either where he lives.

Not a day goes by without someone becoming stuck and having to be pushed out. I travel everywhere with a shovel in the car.

To add to all this, our grey rubbish bin hasn't been emptied for almost a month now. It's usually collected once a fortnight. Is West Lothian Council grinding to a halt?


We always get a lot of snow in Shotts but in the 27 years I've been here, it's never been this bad. A gritter came round about three weeks ago, but we haven't seen one since and our grit bucket has never been filled.

More dangerously, two ambulances have got stuck in the snow while on emergency calls nearby. I called the council the first time an ambulance was stuck, but they never came round with gritters.

My parents live in West Lothian and the roads are so bad that I haven't been able to visit them. They've been stuck indoors since before Christmas. If it wasn't for my brother giving them supplies, I've got no idea what they'd be doing.


My parents, both in their late 70s, have been stuck in their house since before Christmas. East Ayrshire Council has not gritted the street they live in, so they can't get their car out to even pick up essential supplies. My brother and I have been doing our best to keep them supplied but even we have difficulty on their street!
John, Kilmarnock

Apparently Edinburgh has reported no problems with supplies. Right now however all the side streets are completely iced up and the main routes are extremely slippery with no grit apparent. Our street is barely negotiable even with 4x4 vehicles and I haven't seen a gritting truck out since 23rd December.
Paul Radcliffe, Edinburgh

I think the council men have done an excellent job in adverse weather conditions, here in Glasgow. They have gritted consistently over the festive season. Well done!
Maureen Thomson, Glasgow

I had to laugh when I saw that Glasgow has reported no problems with supplies, given that our smaller roads have not been touched since before Christmas, there are no salt bins near us, and those further away have been empty for days! What's the point of treating the main roads (and some pavements) if we can't actually get to them safely!
Justine Westwood, Glasgow

Well done Fife Council for using their grit - the fact that they had gritted the road on Saturday meant that my family could get back from Edinburgh to Fife in dreadfully icy conditions. It seemed that Edinburgh had been more restrained in their use of the grit - as a result the A90 was static and it took over 3 hours to move 6 miles on the approach to the Forth Bridge.
Rachel, St Andrews, Fife

I've been housebound since before Christmas and I'm disabled. The Scottish Borders Council say more supplies are imminent, but minor roads will not be gritted. Younger members of the household have now departed home to London. I have a freezer with supplies, but it's a bleak outlook if the cold snap continues.
Ann Roberts, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

The state of the side roads in East Kilbride are a joke - there are no gritters and there is no grit in grit bins. It looks like nobody will act until there is a bad accident.
Craig Jenkin, East Kilbride

I want to advise you of the severe difficulties we are having in the Falkirk area. I'm being told there isn't any grit until at least Wednesday where we are. This is a disgrace.
James, Falkirk

I have many old and disabled friends and family in Bellshill and we have not seen any council grit for over two weeks. My grand-dad normally walks his dog three times a day but because of the bad ice he has not been able to. A friend is 79 and I have gone to get most of her shopping. I have fallen twice and a friend fell and broke her arm the day before Christmas. I think the council needs to grit the road and paths.
Karen, Bellshill

I have an elderly father who lives in Dunfermline and I am worried sick that he will venture out and suffer a serious injury due to heavy ice and snow on the footpaths, which have not been gritted at all! To say I am disgusted and disappointed in Fife council would be an understatement!
Michelle Wilson, Dunfermline

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