Council prepares for the big freeze

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Calderdale Council is gearing up for winter by preparing for the onslaught on freezing temperatures.

Motorists woke to ice on their cars this morning, while forecasters issued a warning of icy conditions.

The Ccouncil say they are ready to tackle the ice and snow over the next few weeks, and is advising drivers to take extra care this winter.

Calderdale Council’s leader, Coun Tim Swift, said: “Calderdale Council is getting ready for the winter weather. We’ve stocked up on salt for gritting and have already done our first precautionary grit a couple of weeks ago.

“There are lots of things people can do to prepare themselves, including stocking up on non perishable food and checking the weather forecast before making long journeys.”

Calderdale Council’s Highways team has already started its winter service with officers from the winter service team on call 24 hours a day until April.

They monitor the weather closely to ensure roads are treated with salt before temperatures drop and icy patches form.

From October 2012 to April 2013, the Council used 16,250 tonnes of salt and gritted main access routes a total of 91 times.

This year, they have access to 20,000 tonnes of salt and have filled 600 grit bins to ensure main routes are gritted.

If a grit bin needs to be refilled, you can request this on line by visiting www.calderdale.gov.uk/transport/roads/winter-service, by emailing highwaysandengineering@calderdale.gov.uk or by calling 0845 245 7000.

The Council has produced a guide to remind people how they can prepare which will be distributed to households throughout Calderdale.

Copies will also be available in libraries.