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Bins to be filled with sand grit

AS salt supplies continue to dwindle, Solihull Council has announced further changes to its gritting policy.

AS salt supplies continue to dwindle, Solihull Council has announced further changes to its gritting policy.

From now on, the local authority will be filling grit bins with sand grit - which doesn’t actually have any salt.

Although this might help to improve a vehicle’s grip on the road, it might not melt the ice and snow.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We do sympathise with people who are travelling around the borough in bad weather, however we also hope they will understand our reasons for taking this course of action.”

Solihull Council has already bowed to a Government request to reduce gritting by 25 per cent.

And this week, the council said that it might have to further reduce its coverage - so that teams are only treating A and B roads. This depends on whether the borough is hit by further cold snaps this winter..

Any gritting updates will be posted on the council website, or posted on the council’s micro-blogging site on Twitter.

* Solihull Council is continuing with its efforts to repair potholes.

This week it turned its attention to the Warwick Road, Stratford Road and Collector Road.

 

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