Council asks for help as salt stock drops to below halfway

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MORE than half of Lincolnshire County Council’s salt stock has already been used - almost as much as was spread during the entire winter of 2007/08.

Out of the 31,000 tonnes of salt in stock at the start of winter, only 13,600 tonnes remain. And as the next shipment is not due until mid-January, gritters are using technology which measures existing salt on roads to avoid using surplus.

Although the local authority insists it will be able to continue gritting main routes, people are urged to muck in and help with side streets and pavements where possible.

Coun William Webb said: “We greatly value the assistance of farmers, contractors and private individuals in supporting our efforts to ensure safety for motorists and pedestrians.”