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Website readers tell us how they are coping in the snow

Fife Council warned it was running out of supplies
Fife council has now received more supplies of grit

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

The Scottish government has insisted there is enough grit to keep Scotland's roads open.

But supply to some areas has been a problem.

As the bitter weather continues BBC website readers across Scotland have been sharing their experiences of gritting services.


John, Kilmarnock

My parents, both in their late 70s, have been stuck in their house since before Christmas. East Ayrshire Council have 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!

Paul Radcliffe, Edinburgh

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.

Anonymous 'despairing', Renfrewshire

I'd like to know how much grit Renfrewshire Council had to start with. The council has been shut since 24 December and will remain closed until 6 January.

For a Council to close for 2 weeks and leave the elderly and frail at risk as they are unable to walk on the pavements for which they pay the council a hefty council tax to maintain, is unacceptable.

Angela Marshall, Livingston, West Lothian

What about West Lothian? My street is like a scene from "Ice Road Truckers". There is a foot of snow on the pavement and we haven't been gritted in two weeks. There is no grit to be found anywhere, making the roads treacherous.

People are now taking to parking on main roads because they can't even get into their street - this is an accident waiting to happen! Our grey rubbish bin hasn't been emptied for almost a month now and trying to get in touch with anyone at West Lothian Council is impossible.

Aimee, Glasgow

There is no grit in many areas in Glasgow, and I went to five supermarkets in search of salt. Couldn't find any.

Maureen Thomson, Glasgow

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!

Justine Westwood, 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!

Janice Duncan, Lower Largo, Fife

We have no grit left in the Temple area of the village. The locals have had to grit the roads ourselves with what we had and also use sand off the beach.

I am about to move my car up on to the main road so I can get to work tomorrow as we are a low priority area.

Rachel, St Andrews, Fife

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.

Ann Roberts, Jedburgh, Borders

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.

Craig Jenkin, East Kilbride

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.

James, Falkirk

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.

Karen, Bellshill

I have many old and disabled friends and family in Bellshill and we have not seen any council grit for over two weeks. My Grandad 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 has fallen and broken her arm the day before Xmas. I think the council needs to grit the road and paths.

Michelle Wilson, Dunfermline

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!



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