Renfrewshire Council

Snow way Sean could miss out on naming Renfrewshire's gritters

Scotland's most recognisable weatherman, Sean Batty, will put his expert knowledge to the test as he takes on the role of guest judge in Renfrewshire's #NameOurGritters competition.

Sean Batty STV weatherman Sean will join a local gritter driver, a Care at Home staff member and an inspiring member of the local community to choose the shortlist as Renfrewshire looks to recognise its local heroes, places and landmarks.

Sean said: "For years I've watched comically named gritters travel across Scotland on the Transport Scotland gritter tracking map, but it's great that we'll now have our own fleet of named gritters driving around Renfrewshire.

"I'm so delighted to have been asked to join the judging panel and I'm excited to see the suggested names later this week. It's too early to say what sort of winter may be ahead, but I'm sure our new, friendly gritters will have many miles ahead of them."

The competition is part of Renfrewshire's #RenReady campaign which aims to prepare residents and businesses for the impact of severe weather and provide support and guidance in advance.

It asks people to think whether they are prepared for a loss of utilities, heavy flooding or staff members being unable to travel to work, and what measures they can put in place in advance to aid preparedness.

Gritters More than 1600 suggestions were submitted to the competition to name the nine gritters that will operate across Renfrewshire during the winter period.

The panel will now finalise their shortlist before the public have the opportunity to vote for their winners via the council's Twitter channel @RenCouncilNews.

Polls will take place throughout the week with the first one starting on 22 October as each gritter prepares to find out what its new name will be.

For more information on the competition and to make sure you're #RenReady this winter, visit the Ready for Winter section of the website attached to this page.

Published 16 October 2018.

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