Farmers urged to sign up now to grit snowy roads in winter

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Farmers are being asked to pitch in again this winter to help keep roads clear of snow.

Extra help is needed to grit and clear roads to isolated villages, industrial areas and schools not already on a gritting route in Derbyshire.

And, for the second year running, the county council - which already grits 1,555 miles of roads itself - is offering a minimum payment of £200 to those signed up to help, even if it doesn’t snow.

Last year 59 contractors were signed up to clear snow from minor roads across the county in a move praised by Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive.

This year the county council is aiming to get even more people on board, particularly in Killamarsh, areas of Chesterfield including Holymoorside, Brimington and Staveley, and in Baslow, Calver, Bolsover, Tibshelf, Buxton and Bakewell.

Councillor Simon Spencer said: “Unfortunately the county council can’t clear snow from every road. As well as bringing in extra income, you’d be doing your community a fantastic service.” Call 01629 538 529 by August 31.