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2,000 tonnes of salt, a fleet of gritters and a snow plough: Havering is ready for winter!

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 December 2018

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet member for environment on one of the gritters that the council has ready to tackle the cold weather. Photo: Havering Council

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet member for environment on one of the gritters that the council has ready to tackle the cold weather. Photo: Havering Council

Havering Council

Havering Council has 2,000 tonnes of salt, a fleet of gritters and a snow plough all at the ready to tackle the cold weather expected to hit in the next month.

Havering Council has 2,000 tonnes of salt ready to tackle the expected bad winter weather. Photo: Havering CouncilHavering Council has 2,000 tonnes of salt ready to tackle the expected bad winter weather. Photo: Havering Council

The council’s five salting lorries are on stand-by for snow or ice – to keep the roads clear and keep the borough moving.

There is also a snow plough ready to clear roads, while the street cleansing team will do its best to keep pavements and bridges as clear as possible in the cold weather.

To make sure that there are as few delays as possible when bad weather arrives, the council has 2,000 tonnes of salt in its depot - which is enough to grit more than 380 miles of roads and sufficient for almost three weeks of continuous snowfall.

Gritting of the roads is based on a priority system. Roads on the priority one routes are done first and, based on time and conditions, the council will then move on to priority two roads.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet member for environment on one of the gritters that the council has ready to tackle the cold weather. Photo: Havering CouncilCouncillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet member for environment on one of the gritters that the council has ready to tackle the cold weather. Photo: Havering Council

When the bad weather comes, as many roads as possible will be salted, with priority given to bus routes and other major roads.

A dedicated gritter will also be sent out to ensure all access routes to schools are kept open.

Once priority roads are clear, the team will look at side roads so scheduled rubbish collections can still take place.

A team of winter heroes will be on-call 24/7 (including weekends) to make sure that nobody is stranded in the cold weather.

Salting the road is likely when road temperatures are at or below 1°C, and moisture is present that could form ice - the council has a full list of tips for residents on its website - which includes keeping a safe distance when driving behind a gritter.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We have teams on stand-by 24 hours a day to make sure we keep the borough moving, in the cold weather.

“Our staff have the tools and commitment to respond quickly to weather warnings to make sure our residents can get on with their lives safely and with as little disruption as possible.”

To find out more visit www.havering.gov.uk/gritting

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