Free salt for Hertfordshire schools this winter

PUBLISHED: 11:44 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:44 23 September 2016

A gritter lorry is loaded up with salt

A gritter lorry is loaded up with salt

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Hertfordshire County Council is offering free salt supplies this winter to schools that are not directly on the gritting route.

The salt will be given to all Hertfordshire schools not located on salting routes, regardless of distance from a gritted road.

Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways, said: “I undertook at the request of members at the recent Highways Cabinet Panel to review with officers this aspect of the policy, which we have now done, and I’m pleased that we have taken the positive decision in lifting the criteria on schools that are eligible for free salt supplies.

“We are extremely grateful to the schools, parish and town councils and community groups who help to clear snow and ice from minor roads, pavements and footpaths using the free salt we provide.

“During cold weather our priority is to keep the main routes as safe as possible. On each salting run we will cover around 2,300km (1,400 miles) of road, so it is a huge task.”

The council already provides bagged salt to more than 200 local community groups, including parish and town councils, so they can help with snow and ice clearing.

Salt bins are provided in more than 1,000 locations around the county for ‘self help’ during icy weather.

For more information visit www.hertsdirect.org/salting

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