Tele column 26th October 2018

The weather experts are predicting a winter of discontent. Discontent, that is, for those of us who enjoy the first day of snow and then quickly get fed up with the disruption and increased fuel bills. Unlike Richard the 3rd we can’t rely on the son of York to brighten our winter. But we do have places we can turn to.

The Scottish Government, through Ready Scotland, have created a website where you can find out more on preparing for and managing disruption to our daily lives. This includes advice on how to create an emergency household plan and prepare an emergency kit. For further information please visit

Alongside this, the Energy Saving Trust Scotland website provide you with free, expert and impartial advice. Their website allows you to complete a home energy check as well as find out what grants or loans may be available for support at home. Simply visit or call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

Inverclyde Council recently announced they are planning to introduce a fleet of 4×4 vehicles to beat the bad weather this winter. Also, the local authority have published their Winter Maintenance Documents which can be viewed on their website, alongside a link to grit bin locations and an advice leaflet, provided by Transport Scotland, on clearing paths and driveways.

Finally, it also helps to be a good neighbour and keep an eye on each other, especially if you have an elderly or infirmed neighbour. Wrap up warm, take care and remember its only 146 days until spring.