Council gets set for the winter

PONTELAND Town Council has improved its snow and ice clearing equipment in case the bad winter weather returns to the area.

The authority agreed to spend up to £1,800 on a wheel-driven rock salt spreader and a wider snow plough to fit on the front of a machine to help its workers clear footpaths.

Mayor Peter Cowey said: “In case we have another winter full of snow, I would like us to be as well prepared as possible.

“Getting these items will enable our workers to do their job better and faster than in previous years.”

Councillors also approved a recommendation to buy another 10 tonnes of rock salt for £1,400 as there is enough room for it in the storage facility the authority is using.

Town Council Clerk Kath Mavin said: “If you want to have the extra salt, it will be better to get it now rather than when the snow comes because you can’t get it then.

“The salt will be stored in bags so if we have a mild winter, it can be used next year.”

Coun Richard Hutchinson added: “I hope that once again the council will encourage residents, who are able, to do some clearing work outside their home themselves and in their street if their neighbours need help.”