Posted: 22.11.20 at 10:44 by Matthew McLaughlin Local Democracy Reporter
AS winter rolls in the Wiltshire Council are prepared and ready to keep Trowbridge's roads running smoothly.
After the end of every winter, council teams service 26 gritting vehicles, amend and test gritting routes and develop closer working arrangements with parishes and other agencies around Wiltshire.
Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways said: “We have a dedicated team who work all hours necessary in very difficult conditions, and we are fully prepared for this coming winter.
“We can never predict how severe a winter will be, but the wealth of experience we have means we are in the best possible position should bad weather hit the county.”
During severe weather local farmers also have an important role to play, with many clearing snow in their local areas when required.
As winter approaches, the council has also successfully implemented a salt bins recycling project, to keep its 1,600 salt bins throughout the county in good condition.
The project sees batches of damaged and end of life salt bins recycled to be used in other ways.
The initial batch of 350kg, around 18 bins, has already been cleaned before recycling, processed and recycled, and the next 400kg batch, around twenty bins, is ready to go.
The council is also preparing another 500kg (around 25 bins) for processing, meaning around 1.25 tonnes of plastic will be diverted from landfill, and with the new winter season approaching, that figure will increase.