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Name a Herts gritter: Can you top Gritney Spears, David Plowie or Spreadie Mercury?

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Hertfordshire County Council is inviting Bishop's Stortford Independent readers to name one of its fleet of 58 gritters – and we're challenging you to come up with suggestions that top Gritney Spears, David Plowie and Spreadie Mercury!

Since October 1, crews from highways contractor Ringway have been on standby around the clock to cover nearly half of the authority's road network of more than 1,500 miles (2,500km) – the equivalent of salting from Hertford to Berlin and back.

The council sends out gritters when road surface temperatures are forecast to be 0.5C (33F) or below.

One of Herts County Council's fleet of gritters (22702847)
One of Herts County Council's fleet of gritters (22702847)

It aims to salt roads to schools, care homes, doctors' surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries, as well as all the county's A and B roads, bus routes (including school bus routes), roads with a 10% gradient or steeper and at least one route into every village.

Cllr Phil Bibby, HCC's cabinet member for highways, said: "Our crews will be on standby 24 hours a day until April, ready to deal with whatever the weather throws at us.

"We don't know how much, if any, snow and ice we'll see this winter, but with a cold winter forecast, I'm confident that our highways teams are ready and we'll do everything we can to keep the county's roads open and safe, whatever the weather."

To enter our competition, please email letters@stortfordindie.co.uk with your suggested gritter name. The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Thursday December 5.

Competition terms and conditions

A number of gritters will be named via this competition delivered through Hertfordshire County Council’s communications team (web and social channels) and its media partners.

The following rules apply to all entries, regardless of whether they are direct to Hertfordshire County Council or a media partner.

  • Keep it clean and original.
  • Only one entry per person. Any person who enters more than once will have only their first answer accepted.
  • Every entrant must supply their name, email address and gritter name suggestion. This data will be used only for the purposes of this competition. It will not be sold or shared for any other purpose. The data will be kept on file for 30 days, apart from the winning entries, which will be kept until November 30, 2020.
  • The winning entry will be selected via a short list and World Cup-style final public poll.
  • Each winning name will be painted onto the side of a gritter in January 2020 and the winning entrant will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with their gritter. This can be used for publicity by Hertfordshire County Council and its media partners.
  • The winning entrant in the case of multiple entries of the same name suggestion will be awarded to the first entry recorded as received.
  • Employees of the corporate communications team at Hertfordshire County Council or any media partner and their immediate families are not eligible to enter this competition.
  • The decision on final name selected is final in all matters relating to this competition.
  • A list of all the winning entries will be available via the Hertfordshire County Council website from December 12, 2019.

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