Council to triple salt stocks ahead of winter

PUBLISHED: 17:25 26 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:27 28 October 2010

The Safe and Warm Action Day will give residents tips on how to stay warm

The Safe and Warm Action Day will give residents tips on how to stay warm

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NORTH Somerset Council has prepared for temperatures to plummet again this winter by tripling its salt stocks.

Following dreadful conditions across the region last winter, the council will open a new depot in Sandford in the next few weeks, which will see its stocks jump from 600 tonnes to 2,000.

And with 1,600 tonnes having been delivered this week to add to what was left over from earlier this year, the council looks well placed to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at North Somerset this winter.

The news comes as councils countrywide step up preparations as temperatures drop, with the Government set to import an extra quarter of a million tonnes of salt as emergency supplies for the winter, which should arrive in November.

Last week a review led by RAC Foundation Chairman David Quarmby urged councils nationwide to stock up on salt to avoid the problems faced in last winter’s cold snap.

The Government has also released a new Snow Code, urging people to look after each other in extreme weather conditions, and promising citizens that they will not face legal action for trying to clear icy pavements.

People have been urged to use table salt and dishwasher salt to clear ice, and not hot water as it may cause black ice, while also being asked to be good neighbours and help the elderly and disabled in the difficult conditions.

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