Nottinghamshire County Council has said that its highways team is in a ‘stronger position than ever’ to deal with severe winter road conditions.
Despite forecasters predicting several more weeks of warmer daytime temperatures, council teams went on part-time standby yesterday (Wednesday, October 1) ready for the bad weather, they will go on 24/7 standby in November.
As well as having gritting teams on standby, the authority is now stockpiling thousands of tonnes of grit in its salt barns as part of the winter preparations.
The council has the capacity to store around 20,000 tonnes of salt and the authority says that it intends to fill its four salt barns to the brim, which will give it 12,000 more tonnes of salt than official government recommendations.
Councillor Kevin Greaves, chairman of the transport and highways committee at the authority, said that they are determined to make sure the county keeps moving throughout the coming winter.
He added: “Our planning for winter carries on all year round and we are confident that we are in a stronger position than ever to deal with winter. Our preparations mean that we will be ready to act as soon as any bad weather arrives.
“Like most people we keep our fingers crossed and hope that the coming winter won’t be too severe, but we have to be realistic and plan for the worst.
“The County Council gives high priority to winter maintenance and we are determined to keep our county on the move this winter.”