Posted: Wednesday 30th August 2017
As schools start back for the autumn term now is the time to start thinking ahead for the winter season. As Hertfordshire County Council opens its winter service shortly, all Hertfordshire schools, community groups, residents associations, district, borough, parish and town councils can apply for free salt from 1 September.
Cllr Ralph Sangster, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “While it may seem premature as residents across Hertfordshire continue to enjoy the end of the school holidays, we are urging those eligible to apply for salt ready for the winter season. Being prepared and thinking ahead is key when it comes to keeping Hertfordshire moving throughout the colder months.
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. Make sure you apply in time!”
During cold weather the council’s priority is to keep the main routes as safe as possible. Each salting run covers around 2,300km (1,400 miles) of road, so it’s 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.
We will be accepting applications from 1 September. Make sure you apply to your local councillor before the end of October. For more information about Hertfordshire County Council’s winter service programme visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk /salting.