Hereford & Worcester

'Plenty salt' as Worcestershire gritters stand by

Gritters in Worcestershire go on stand by from Friday with assurances from the county council that it has plentiful supplies of salt.

After last winter's very cold weather, officials said they had invested in an extra thousand tonnes of salt.

Spokesman John Fraser said the council is ready for harsh conditions again this year.

The Highways maintenance budget has been ring fenced and will not affected by any public spending cuts.

Councillor Derek Prodger said £1m has been allocated to gritting roads.

"We've got a Highways maintenance budget," he said.

"We allocate £1m-plus out of that budget and that will always be there because whatever happens in any budget, we have to make sure the roads are safe so I have to grit the roads and that's why the budget is secure."

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