New salt dome joins battle to keep iced-up roads open in Gloucesteshire
COUNCIL workers are preparing for the onslaught of winter by more than trebling stocks of grit for the county's 1,000 primary roads.
Five years ago Gloucestershire County Council had 4,000 tonnes in its stores.
But a network of salt domes, including Cannop in the Forest of Dean, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stroudwater, now contains 12,600 tonnes.
The county's latest salt dome, in Cirencester, contributes 2,600 tonnes and will help win the war against wintry conditions on the roads.
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The "increased resilience" in purpose-built domes was a response to more severe winter experienced over the past five years, the authority said.
The amount of stored grit – provided by Cheshire-based firm Salt Union – has more than trebled in that time, from just over 4,000 tonnes in 2008 to 12,600 tonnes this year.
Cabinet member for highways and flood, Vernon Smith said: "This new dome means we're even better prepared to cope this winter. Gloucestershire County Council is committed to keeping the county moving in bad weather and this is just one example of how we are getting ready for all that winter has to throw at us."
Jenny Goodson, Gloucestershire Highways Manager added: "This extra dome increases our salt capacity. Its location means we have even more salt in the Cotswolds where, because of its geography, we see some of the most extreme winter weather in the county."
Where are the salt domes? Cirencester: 2,600 tonnes Cannop (Forest of Dean): 3,800 tonnes Moreton-in-Marsh: 2,400 tonnes Stroudwater: 3,800 tonnes