SNOWWATCH: Gritters out in force as Nottinghamshire braces for snow

The pre fabricated houses on Meden Avenue, New Houghton, are to be demolished.
The pre fabricated houses on Meden Avenue, New Houghton, are to be demolished.

WITH more snow forecast for the end of the week, Nottinghamshire County Council is reassuring residents that its gritting teams will be out and about again, helping to keep the county on the move.

Since last weekend the council’s gritting teams have been out both night and day, completing 11 runs (as of Wedensday night) on main routes, as well as three snow routes.

In total, the runs so far this week have used around 2,500 tonnes of salt and the council still has over 16,000 tonnes in store at its depots around the county.

Although it is still unclear exactly when and how much snow the county is likely to get, the county council is taking no chances and is fitting snow ploughs to several of its gritting vehicles this week in readiness.

The council is also urging people to be good neighbours and help clear residential roads, paths and pavements by following the Government’s Snow Code – which gives clear advice on clearing snow and ice safely.

“The County Council is better prepared than ever for this winter and remains committed to playing its part by salting and gritting the main roads across Nottinghamshire,” says Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee.

“But despite what many people think, we have never gritted residential streets – unless they are also main routes – as we simply don’t have the capacity.

“The roads we do salt account for around a third of the county’s entire network. If we were to salt every single road it would cost an extra £5.2m on top of the Council’s existing £2.6m budget. Not only that, we’d probably run out of grit very quickly!

“Our priorities are to get the main roads and key public transport corridors passable as quickly as we can so that emergency services and as many people as possible are able to undertake essential journeys.

“Once we’ve done that we will, of course, assist on minor roads but, where you are able, you don’t have to wait for us to reach your road and footway.”