Rotherham council ready for winter

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Council chiefs in Rotherham are gearing up for the annual battle against the elements.

The council’s highways team, responsible for clearing the roads in cold and snowy weather, has 5,000 tonnes of rock salt stockpiled and has refilled 380 salt bins at known trouble spots for members of the public to use over the winter months.

A new 10-strong fleet of gritters has been bought to be available around the clock between November and March.

But the council urged residents to be prepared too.

Councillor Gerald Smith said: “We’ve shown that we’re ready, but are you?

“It was a dreadful winter last year, and heavy snowfalls were compounded by people determined to travel in life-threatening conditions. You would have needed a sleigh and reindeer to get about on some routes last year.

“People need to give us time to do our job, and sometimes the sensible option is just staying put.

“If everyone is trying to drive when it starts to snow, then our spreaders and snowploughs can’t do their job properly.”