Emergency services fill Victoria Square for winter advice day
12:07pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Bolton
A WINTER awareness day returned to Bolton’s Victoria Square, with the emergency services clubbing together to keep people safe during the colder months.
The police, fire service, ambulance crews, the Highways Agency, 4x4 transport rescue, RSPCA, Bolton Mountain Rescue and the council were outside the town hall yesterday.
As well as firework safety messages ahead of bonfire night, they were encouraging cyclists and pedestrians to wear high-visibility clothing and giving advice to motorists on how to handle icy conditions.
The second winter advice day in Bolton followed a successful pilot 12 months ago, which Cllr Nick Peel, executive member, said attracted national interest and has since been copied by other councils.
“It has worked very well again, and it is another way in which we have utilised the space in Victoria Square, with the winter market, big wheel and the ice rink coming soon.”
Mayor Cllr Colin Shaw, Stephen Young, the assistant director for highways, and Cllr David Chadwick, cabinet member for highways and transport, also visited the displays in Victoria Square.
Cllr Chadwick said the council’s gritters are on standby if temperatures plunge, with stocks plentiful.
He added: “We have got plenty of grit, our reserves are currently higher than the amount we have needed in the very worst winters in the past, so there is no concern on that score.”
Inspector Paul Rowe, from the police’s Serious Collision Investigation unit, said: “Everyone must share the roads, which is one of our key messages, as neither pedestrians, cyclists or motorists have any more right to use them.”
And people calling in were impressed with the advice. Sylvia Atherton, from Farnworth, said: “It’s been very interesting and there’s all sorts of information available.”
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