Councils say that they are ready

People having to walk to work. Heavy snowfall on Bridge Street in Gainsborough. G101201-1a
People having to walk to work. Heavy snowfall on Bridge Street in Gainsborough. G101201-1a

AS COLD weather sets in and winter approaches, councils say that they’re prepared should Gainsborough suffer another ‘cold snap’.

Last year’s ‘big freeze’ saw sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall bring the town to a standstill with treacherous roads, traffic chaos and school closures. Councils were criticised for a grit shortage and a lack of action as roads and paths remained uncleared.

Now, Lincs County Council winter maintenance engineer Darrell Redford says: “We took a delivery of 42,000 tonnes of salt from Egypt last month, so we have plenty in stock for this winter. During a typical winter, we may use around 18,000 tonnes, although the last two severe winters have seen around 33,000 tonnes used each year.”

“A total of 20,000 tonnes has been taken to the depots, which leaves 15,000 tonnes at Immingham docks ready to be transported when needed.

He added: “We have eight depots around the county - including Willingham Woods, Sturton by Stow and Manby,”

“Our grit bins are currently being refilled for people to use to help clear footpaths and roads.”

Also, town and parish councils are being urged by West Lindsey District Council to apply for a share of £5,750 before the cold snap arrives. Grants of up to £250 are being offered to buy essential equipment such as shovels and torches or to buy supplies of grit.

Chairman of the council’s severe weather resilience group James Nicholson said: “Last year, despite our best efforts, the amount of snow fall made it impossible to carry out some bin collections as the roads were too treacherous and many residents were house bound.”

Chairman of the policy and resources committee Coun Tom Regis said: “I would urge councils to apply for a share of the cash as soon as possible to make sure they do not miss out on this opportunity. It will be distributed on a first come first served basis.”

To apply for a grant contact Lesley Beevers on 01427 675129.