Argyll and Bute’s true grit

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It was revealed last week that some local authorities have exhausted their winter roads’ budgets.

On Tuesday, Argyll and Bute council, facing criticism – see letters page six – that the B842 Campbeltown to Carradale road had been insuffiently gritted, last week, said it has 50 per cent of its budget left.

A council spokesperson said: ‘Our gritting teams worked extremely hard during last week’s plunge in temperatures.

‘In just five days they spread more than 2,255 tonnes of grit on our roads, working long hours to try and ensure Argyll and Bute was kept moving.

‘The B842 was treated at 2pm on Monday afternoon and the driver then continued on to Skipness.

‘However, on his return journey from Redhouse via the A83, conditions had started to deteriorate.

‘The gritter was reloaded with more salt at the Machrihanish depot but on returning to the B842, the bus had become stuck north of Peninver.

‘This hampered any further progress until the vehicle was moved and the gritter could continue.

‘We have two gritters in South Kintyre, both of which were active all day dealing with recurring snow showers filling in behind the plough.

‘The whole country experienced the cold snap and, despite the poor weather, we had very few issues.’

Snow in Campbeltown Main Street last Tuesday when people travelling to Carradale face long delays. 25_c03snow01_Campbeltown_main_st