Suffolk set for icy blast

SUFFOLK’S gritting teams and community volunteers are busily preparing for freezing temperatures due to hit the county over the next few days.

 

Gritting teams are ready to take to the roads in the early hours and evenings, with 17,000 tonnes of salt in stock at depots across the county.

 

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Roads, Transport and Planning said; “Our teams use sophisticated weather systems to monitor road temperatures and take decisions just hours in advance, sending our gritters out if necessary. We are responsible for keeping traffic moving over 1,200 miles of roads, and that’s just for our priority major roads and busy commuter routes.

 

Thanks to our improvements to set up a salt barn at Phoenix House in Ipswich, storing and despatching salt supplies to the heart of the county, plus our additional store at Mobbs Way in Lowestoft, we’re better placed than ever before to keep Suffolk moving in severe winter weather.”

 

Community volunteers also have a vital role when it comes to using locally supplied grit bins to keep residential roads, school playgrounds and pavements clear from ice and snow.

 

400 volunteers work in the Sudbury area alone, supported by Sudbury Town Council. Over the last two years, Sudbury volunteers have cleared the majority of residential streets, ensuring footfall to town centre businesses remained at an impressive 90% compared with 2009, where snow reduced business footfall by up to 40%.

 

Sue Brotherwood, Town Clerk at Sudbury Town Council, said; “We have worked hard over the last few years to get the volunteer network going, and a huge number of people responded.

 

Thanks to their sterling efforts, we can respond quickly to keep the town’s pavements and minor roads clear from ice and snow, which is so important for the safety of local people. We would always welcome more interest.

 

To get involved as a community volunteer, people should contact Keith Fawkner-Simpson by email keith.fawkner-simpson@suffolk.gov.uk

By on February 3rd, 2012