Release date: 15 November 2018
Salt bins are being topped up in West Sussex communities as the county enters the final stages of winter preparations.
In addition to the county council gritting major routes, salt provided by West Sussex Highways helps towns, parishes and other communities keep the county moving if ice and snow cover local roads and pavements. Roger Elkins, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, and Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, went to see the topping up process on Tuesday.
Roger said: “The process starts in the spring when parishes check salt levels in their bins in preparation for the winter. Now, at this later stage, we are just topping up to make sure they have enough salt: if needed, deliveries are made by our contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places.”
Debbie said: “We really appreciate the hard work put in by parish councils, town councils and community groups in preparing for winter and ensuring they have winter plans in place, ready in case severe conditions affect their local area.”
The plans are supported by local volunteers, farmers and contractors to assist with salt spreading and snow clearances when needed.
Steve Phillips, Contract Director for Balfour Beatty Living Places, said: “In addition to gritting highways, we work with the local community, topping up salt bins before the winter, helping to keep roads safe in snowy and icy conditions.”
• There are more than 800 salt bins around the county for communities to access at strategic locations and this year we will be adding additional salt (topping up) to more than half of them. All restocking is done before the onset of winter.
• Approximately 500 (1 tonne) hippo bags stored at local farms or with local contractors
• 155 community winter resilience plans are ready for parishes to activate, providing a local response, supporting residents if snow and ice arrive.
The county council is responsible for keeping major routes treated and passable during severe weather.
The A27, A23 and M23 are the responsibility of Highways England. The county council is responsible for other ‘A’ roads, plus ‘B’ roads and keeping routes of local importance safe, such as major bus routes, roads to large schools and key hospitals and large industrial establishments.
For further details of local winter support, including the location of salt bins in your area, please contact your town or parish council or Crawley Borough or Worthing Borough councils. For more information on West Sussex Highways' service, including a map of the routes gritted, please see: www.westsussex.gov.uk/winter-service
For general winter information on how to stay safe and warm please see: www.westsussex.gov.uk/winter
Pictured: (from left) Roger Elkins, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Sue Furlong, council Community Initiatives Principal Theme Lead, Lee Liston from Balfour Beatty Living Places, and Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, at a salt bin in Chichester