EXTRA salt has been ordered in preparation for this winter, in a bid to avoid the shortages experienced during the last icy spell.
Lincolnshire County Council has revealed it has increased stock levels to 42,000 tonnes, up on the 32,000 tonnes stocked last year and 29,000 tonnes the year before.
Executive member for highways and transportation Councillor William Webb said: “It may be sunny outside, but we’re getting ready for winter now. It makes sense to boost our salt stock levels at this time of year to take advantage of lower prices, getting better value for Lincolnshire taxpayers.”
A cargo ship delivered the salt all the way from Egypt.
Coun Webb said: “The salt is some of the purest in world. It is extremely fine, so we need less of it because it cuts through ice more quickly. Quite simply, it’s perfect to use on our roads and helps keep the county moving in freezing conditions.”
The last two years’ icy weather has seen the council use much more than the average 18,000 tonnes of salt.