Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council prepares for winter weather problems

Wiltshire Council has said it has plans in place to keep repeat problems "to a minimum" after problems last year caused by the severe weather.

The council said it had 13,000 tonnes of salt ready to be used for the county's road and pavements. Last year it used 12,000 tonnes on the highways.

In previous years only six tonnes were required to deal with icy conditions over each winter.

Salt covered in molasses is also being trialled in the county.

Officials said it was "less corrosive and longer lasting than normal salt".

Parish councils are being offered a one-tonne bag of salt if they have a suitable covered storage location.

Councillor Dick Tonge said: "We are ready for the problems winter may cause and we want to work with local communities to ensure our roads and pavements are as safe as possible.

"We will face many challenges during winter but we are as prepared as we can be."

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