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Only Solihull's main roads will be treated salt supplies dwindle

SOLIHULL Council has announced that it will only be gritting main roads because of a dwindling salt supply.

SOLIHULL Council has announced that it will only be treating main roads covered by snow and ice because of a dwindling salt supply.

The local authority has taken this decision to make sure main routes are kept safe and that depleted stocks don’t run out altogether.

With the recent blasts of ice and snow, council workers have been battling to keep the roads clear.

But the protracted cold snap has taken its toll and now salt reserves are running low up and down the country.

Since last Friday, the council has only been treating the main network – including A and B roads. It will not be able to respond to calls to grit other roads or refill local grit bins.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: “We need to conserve our salt stocks, and so we will be concentrating on our main roads across the borough.

”We do not want to inconvenience people who live in side roads, however with a national shortage we need to ensure we can keep our main roads clear and safe during this cold snap.

“We ask people for their understanding of the situation and to take extra care when travelling. Hopefully we can get back to normal very soon.”



Cathrina Hulse
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