Gritters to cut back on district's roads

PUBLISHED: 12:53 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

FEWER roads in North Somerset are to be gritted in an attempt by highways officers to conserve supplies.

FEWER roads in North Somerset are to be gritted in an attempt by highways officers to conserve supplies.

North Somerset Council has announced it is cutting the salting routes by a quarter, despite more snow being predicted this week.

The council, which says it is following Government guidelines, is now warning motorists to take extra care on the district's roads.

North Somerset Council deputy leader, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, said: "One in four roads that were previously salted will no longer be treated as we have been told we must conserve supplies.

"Whilst we have been able up to now until maintain enough supplies to treat all our key routes for up to two weeks, supplies are now being prioritised by Government."

The Government is bringing together agencies responsible for the supply and distribution of salt for road gritting this week to discuss the way ahead.

Cllr Ap Rees said: "Personally it seems unfair to me that councils who have planned adequately for the winter may now be penalised in favour of councils who have allowed their supplies to diminish to critical levels, but we have no choice.

"Clearly our focus remains on the treatment of the main roads to enable the free flow of traffic across North Somerset.

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