Herts County Council's gritting strategy is on the right road according to health bosses
Health bosses have praised Hertfordshire County Council's decision to grit more roads this winter - including routes to schools, care homes, doctors' surgeries and key pharmacies.
Deborah Fielding, chief executive officer lead, Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said: "These schemes will make a big difference to those who need to get to a healthcare service or simply take their children to school when there is frost or snow. I know that NHS staff and patients will welcome the extra efforts that councils are going to this winter to help keep key roads clear of snow and ice."
"Helping to ensure safe and easy access to healthcare settings as well as schools and other services in towns and villages is vital. When it gets really cold, we need the general public to take even greater care of themselves and others; this includes being able to get to their local pharmacist for advice, as well as keeping active and social by accessing local services such as the library."
As Herts County Council expands its gritting network beyond A and B roads, Marion Dunstone, director of operations at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, said: "Patients may be impacted adversely when icy, snowy conditions hit our road system. As a direct result many patients may find it difficult attending their appointments. Alternatively where our community teams visit the patients in their own homes, they too may find it challenging to deliver the care that their patients rely on. As a trust we welcome the news that the council is planning to grit additional roads across Hertfordshire, helping to support our patients and staff access one another."
Across the border in Essex, new county council schemes include a new salt storage barn, the use of 'route-based forecasting' enabling them to be more efficient and a 'Salt-bag Partnership' to support individuals and communities when they need extra help.