Plea to farmers for help gritting

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A COUNCIL which plans to cut spending on winter gritting by one third is offering to pay farmers and contractors to help keep roads clear.

Derbyshire County Council is urging farmers with suitable ploughing or gritting equipment to get in touch.

The council grits around 1,555 miles of roads - around half the roads it looks after.

It is asking for help to clear the other parts of its road network and on major roads if the county experiences severe weather this winter.

Farmers will need to provide their own equipment to clear snow such as ploughs, buckets and snow blowers or machinery capable of spreading grit.

Those who sign up for the role will receive a guaranteed minimum payment of £200 - even if it doesn’t snow.

n For more information, call 01629 58000 or log on to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winterhelp. The closing date to apply for the work is October 7.

People can also comment on the council’s proposed changes to gritting. Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/grittingconsultation or call into your local library.