Council prepares for another harsh winter

PUBLISHED: 18:30 30 September 2011

Snow in Weston last year

Snow in Weston last year

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SOMERSET is preparing for another cold winter as the county council has stockpiled 2,000 tons more salt than last year.

Last December was the coldest for 100 years and the council used twice as much salt as normal to grit roads.

But the authority is appealing to people to contribute to clearing snow and ice themselves on drives, pathways and smaller roads.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, cabinet member for highways, said: “There is a myth that the public should not clear snow from outside their property.

“There is no law stopping people doing this and if an accident did happen, it’s highly unlikely you would be sued as long as you are careful and you don’t make the pavement or pathway more dangerous than before.”

Somerset County Council will also allow people to follow where its gritters go this winter on social networking site Twitter.

The council will salt key roads and those used regularly by lorries and emergency services – around 21 per cent of Somerset’s streets.

It will supply grit to parish councils and public grit bins but says it cannot provide salt directly to the public.

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