Residents show true grit as they bunker down for next Arctic snap
A HILLTOP town that suffered badly as a result of the big freeze is preparing to receive its first consignment of bunkers for storing grit just as the thaw sets in.
But Eugene Dolan, former mayor of Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, insisted they would be in place on the edges of housing estates in time for the next Arctic snap.
The south Donegal town takes delivery of the first consignment of 10 bunkers over the weekend.
The locally sourced, heavy-duty fiberglass bunkers, capable of holding half a tonne of grit, will be placed at the entrances to estates in the town and topped up by the local authority.
"We have had contact from residents' associations in 10 different estates which have been in a bad way during the past two weeks and, hopefully, we will have them in place by Monday.
" It is then up to the estates to maintain them," the Fine Gael councillor said.
The bunkers cost €110 each, which will be paid out of the town council's development fund for housing estates, and will be bolted to the ground on a concrete base.
Based on an English idea, Ballyshannon is believed to be the first town to consider using them, but Mr Dolan said that it was an idea every local authority should consider.
"All councils should have a long hard look at this. I'm already getting calls from other parts of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim about it.
"At the end of the day it is for the benefit of people so that they can get about their daily business in these freezing conditions," he added.