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Essex: County council prepares for ice and snow
10:30am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
Essex is getting ready for the start of the winter season, with 15,000 tonnes of salt available and a fleet of 63 gritting lorries on standby around the clock.
Essex County Council (ECC) is required to focus its gritting resources on keeping major roads clear, so it operates a precautionary salting network.
This includes all ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, access routes for emergency services, rural link roads and major public transport routes.
ECC’s winter salt bag partnership is back again this year to give greater control to local communities.
A total of 186 parish and town councils and 17 county councillors have signed up to the scheme and will be organising their own team of winter volunteers to clear snow and salt areas of local concern.
Each participating council or councillor will receive one tonne of salt, packaged in 25kg bags, for use in their local areas.
All salt bins owned by ECC are being filled for the start of winter.
A spokesman said: "This salt is to be used sparingly on the highway, and is not to be taken for use on private residencies.
"ECC cannot guarantee that bins will be refilled during the winter, as resources have to be prioritised towards the main network."
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