Freeze response to be improved

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IMPROVED arrangements have been made by a South Yorkshire council to cope with snow after an internal report found its response to freezing weather last winter could have been better.

A Rotherham Council scrutiny committee has made 47 recommendations after problems during snow in 2010/11, including motorists stranded on the A57.

Karl Battersby, strategic director of environment and development services, said the report was ‘to see what lessons can be learnt and what we can do better next time’.

New arrangements include asking farmers to help clear roads.

Mr Battersby said: “We have much better arrangements in terms of being able to call on 4x4s and we’ve acquired extra equipment in terms of salting attachments and ploughs to use in the town centre.

“Clearly we can always learn from these things. We think actually we did a pretty good job with resources given the nature of the event – clearly we can always do better.”

The report says the council’s budget for salting roads was inadequate – its gritting operation ran £700,000 over budget.

The report praises work in local communities which stopped people being cut off.