PREPARATIONS are "well underway" to ensure the council is ready to deal with snow, ice, and flooding in Renfrewshire this winter.

It comes as part of the local authority's "Ready for Winter" campaign.

Across the area, gritting teams will use nine gritters to cover more than 850km of roads, with more than 3700 tonnes of grit stored and available to keep Renfrewshire moving throughout winter.

On top of that, hundreds of grit bins are located across the local authority to support residents to clear pathways and areas in front of their homes.

Flooding teams are also already out clearing drains at known hospitals and ensuring that waterways are clear.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: "Every year, our teams work in difficult conditions, often overnight, to keep our roads clear throughout the winter period and I want to thank them in advance as we approach the winter period.

“Winter doesn’t start for our teams when the first snowflake falls though, they are preparing in advance to ensure what they need to respond is in place ahead of time.

“With more than 3,700 tonnes of grit stored and available for use, with more available to order should it be required, we are ready to go should our teams identify that the temperature is set to drop.”

The campaign also aims to provide residents, businesses, and staff with the support they need to be ready for the winter period.

Cllr Campbell added: “While we’ll be working hard to keep the streets safe from snow and ice, this forms just one part of our winter response as we want to ensure people are ready to deal with all aspects of winter – not just travel.

“Whether that how to get winter vaccinations, seeking energy advice or cost of living support, or identifying how to best prepare in advance for adverse weather, we want to be there to support you.

“We want to ensure local people can access what they need this winter, so please visit our website if you need advice or guidance and we will do all we can to help.”