Council ready for heavy snowfall this weekend

Salt store at Stannary Place depot, Halifax
Salt store at Stannary Place depot, Halifax

THE Siberian weather might be heading for Calderdale but the council is well placed to cope with snow and ice on the roads.

“We have just over 11,500 tons of salt in stock,” said a spokesman, which should be enough to see the area through an entire winter.

Last year, Calderdale Council and most other local authorities came unstuck when sub zero temperatures before Christmas extended into the early part of 2011.

At one point, salt stocks fell to just 160 tons and many roads went untreated during what was regarded as the worst winter for 30 years.

At the beginning of this winter, the council had 18,000 tons in stock, which was about as much as it had the capacity to store – only 6,000 to 8,000 tons is needed for an average winter.

This year the council has the resources to clear snow from pavements near schools, nurseries, doctor’s surgeries and residential care homes in addition to the existing roads.

Up to 100 extra salt bins have been placed at priority locations.