Council chiefs have claimed roads across Perth and Kinross will still be gritted during winter — despite the loss of three pieces of equipment.
It has been revealed two Tayside Contracts gritters have been lost to Dundee City Council and another to Angus Council after a review of resources.
The council has made 20 handheld gritters available to residents across the area.
These cost about £220 each and the local authority has invested £5,000 from its winter maintenance budget to cover the cost of the scheme.
Despite the loss of the three main gritters, a council spokeswoman said residents would see no change to the level of gritting.
“The council will be providing the same level of gritting as last year, although we may take longer to start our cat-egory two routes as we have three fewer gritters,” she said.
“There are minimal changes to our gritting routes from last year.
“We have introduced another two nightshift routes to offset the impact caused by the loss of the gritters.”
The spokeswoman added: “We would encourage residents and businesses to clear their frontage of snow by digging it out and apply salt from a grit bin.
“The voluntary gritters are aimed at footways and minor cul-de-sacs in the council area that we are unlikely to get to.”