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Free salt for town councils and community groups as Hertfordshire prepares for winter
Winter is coming to Hertfordshire and the county is preparing by offering free salt to community groups.
Hertfordshire County Council wants parish, town councils and residents groups to help clear their own roads when they are in the grip of snow and ice.
It is encouraging groups to use their local knowledge to identify exactly where best to use the salt to help their communities during severe weather.
Councillor Terry Douris, who is responsible for highways, said although it might be mild at the moment the council was fully prepared for sudden change in the weather.
He said: “Last year, more than 100 community groups took salt deliveries and we’ve already had applications from 30 this year.
“It’s a massive job keeping our roads and pavements passable during severe weather and the help we get from communities is really appreciated.
“We can’t stop it snowing, but we can work in partnership with district, borough, town and parish councils and community groups to keep our county moving.”
Councils have until December 1 to apply by visiting www.hertsdirect.org/salting.
District and borough councils, which help with high priority footway clearing, can apply for up to 30 tonnes free, with a further 50 tonnes available at cost.
Town and parish councils can apply for 850kg.
Recognised resident groups and community associations can apply to their local county councillor for up to 34 25kg bags.
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