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Council to grit major roads only

Salt delivery from Ibiza
Salt supplies from Spain are being used to tackle the shortage

A shortage of salt supplies has forced a council in the west of Scotland to announce it will only grit major roads.

Renfrewshire Council said its gritting vehicles would not be operating on tertiary routes and minor roads.

Motorists and pedestrians have been warned to take extra care in the icy conditions.

The council said its salt supplies had been cut from 300 tonnes to 90 tonnes a day, and it was not expecting another delivery until Monday.

A fully loaded gritter will be kept on stand-by to deal with emergencies and staff will check calls from the public to see if action is needed.

The council said it was not expecting another salt delivery until Monday at the earliest, and even then it may only receive a third of its requirements.

Cllr Marie McGurk, convener of the environment and infrastructure policy board, said: "It has been 18 years since Britain last faced such severe weather.

We will keep monitoring the situation closely and re-instate full gritting as soon as possible
Cllr Marie McGurk
Renfrewshire Council
"The snow and ice in England has caused a national shortage of salt and that shortage is beginning to be felt here in Renfrewshire.

"There is unprecedented demand for salt across the UK and supplies are being prioritised to the worst hit areas."

She added: "We are making daily reports to the Scottish Government but until the supply situation improves we will have to prioritise gritting 'A' roads and Renfrewshire's main routes.

"We will keep monitoring the situation closely and re-instate full gritting as soon as possible."

Renfrewshire Council currently has 1,000 tonnes of salt left. Depending on the weather conditions this could last between four days and 15 days.

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