Council says it is ready for cold snap

WITH weather forecasters predicting the onset of more wintry conditions for the rest of January, Nottinghamshire County Council is reassuring residents that it is well-prepared.

The County Council says it has benefitted from the recent relatively mild weather – and the fact that it began planning for this winter as soon as the last one finished.

It has the capacity to store 22,000 tonnes of salt, which is 12,000 tonnes more than the absolute minimum recommended by the government and enough for all but the most severe winters.

And the Council’s gritting teams are already on full 24/7 standby – ready to grit the county’s main routes once temperatures plummet.

“We learned a lot from last winter’s prolonged bad weather,” said Coun Richard Jackson, County Council Cabinet member for transport and highways.

“We began planning for this year almost immediately and are confident that we are in a stronger position than last year to deal with any prolonged cold spell.

“We have been able to add an extra 10km to the gritted network, to both P1 and snow routes, in response to lessons learned from last season. And no road section has been removed from any route.

“We are determined to keep our county on the move this winter.”

Residents can keep tabs on when the county’s roads are being gritted by signing up to the Council’s Gritter Twitter feed to receive the latest gritting alerts and help them plan their winter journeys.

People can sign up at www.twitter.com/nottscc.