Herts County Council offers free salt for street gritting
Resident and community groups can get free salt to grit their streets as Hertfordshire County Council gears up for the winter.
The authority is also offering salt to schools for use on the highway, to help them stay open during icy weather, as well as to parish and town councils, which can use their local knowledge to identify priority areas.
District councils like East Herts can apply for up to 30 tonnes of salt and schools can ask for up to one tonne. Last year some 200 groups took advantage of the offer of up to 680kg.
Cllr Phil Bibby, HCC's cabinet member for highways, said: "It may seem quite early to be thinking about snow and ice, but it's important to plan ahead and be prepared.
"We've already ordered thousands of tonnes of salt for the county's main roads, but we will need to order more and, as in previous years, we're happy to order extra salt for organisations who want to help keep their local roads and pavements clear. Our gritters can't get everywhere, so it's a real help when local groups are willing to do their bit too."
The salt will be for use on the public highway, not on private property, and the council can make only one delivery at the start of winter.
To apply see www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/applyforsalt by October 31.