Council to spend £400,000 to cover pile of salt

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Calderdale Council is set to spend £400,000 on a salt barn that could be resited within a year.

The barn would be built at Ainley’s, Elland, to store salt used for gritting in winter months.

Councillors say the 10,000 tonne storage facility would mean savings of around £30,000 per annum.

This is because if salt, which is currently stored outside, is kept dry then less needs to be spread on the roads.

However, a report submitted to Calderdale Council’s Cabinet, shows that a depot review is due to be carried out into next year and the salt barn may have to be taken down and relocated.

Officers say the building would be a basic steel frame construction.

Cabinet member for economy and environment Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said: “This is something the council has discussed for quite some time. If we use a salt barn it means we have to use less salt and loading gritters is quicker and more efficient.”