Council confident ahead of winter

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 November 2010

Last winter saw treacherous conditions on the district's roads

Last winter saw treacherous conditions on the district's roads

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NORTH Somerset Council is confident it will be able to deal with whatever the winter throws at the region, following the opening of its new salt barn.

The barn, in Hill Road, Sandford, has enabled the council to triple its salt stocks from 600 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes, and is currently full ahead of the winter.

The council’s contractors, Balfour Beatty WorkPlace, have updated the fleet of six gritters with more modern vehicles, while extra drivers will also be available this year.

The council are determined that by stockpiling their salt supplies early they will avoid problems encountered in the harsh winters of the last two years.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member responsible for highways, said: “We are confident we have enough supplies of salt to see us through an average winter.

“Our new salt barn is full and means we will be much less reliant on the national supply chain. Our priority will remain keeping our main roads salted and safe.”

Precautionary salting is carried out on 320km – 29.2 per cent – of the district’s roads when bad weather is expected. That amount to 30 tonnes of salt being used each night.

The district’s priority routes include the A370, A38, A368 and the A369.


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