WITH weather forecasts using the word “frost” regularly, Thurrock Council’s environment portfolio holder, Cllr Gerard Rice, says he is pleased the team is ready for winter.
Speaking on Wednesday (14 October), Cllr Rice said: “I want to assure everyone we are ready for whatever the weather throws at us this winter.
“The last couple of years have been quite mild but it’s not that long ago that we – and the rest of the country – had to deal with some very severe conditions.
“We already have 515 tonnes of salt and grit ready for the first frosts, a further 500 tonnes have been ordered to arrive in the next couple of days, and there is a further 1,500 tonnes also on order if needed.
“In addition, our ten-person team has been on ‘weather-watch’ since the start of the month, ready to work through the night keeping our roads safe if needed.”
Thurrock’s five primary gritting routes cover around 260 miles and are available on the council’s website (thurrock.gov.uk) and each time the five salt-spreaders go out, they use up approximately 35 tonnes of salt.
In the 2013/14 winter there were 23 runs and last winter that figure doubled, but in 2010/11 there were 84 runs and 12/13 saw 74 runs – using approximately 2,940 and 2,590 tonnes each respectively.
The council website also details the secondary gritting routes and the plan for footpaths and the winter maintenance plan.