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Salt bins are being topped up in West Sussex communities

Salt bins are being topped up in West Sussex communities as the county enters the final stages of winter preparations.

In addition to the county council gritting major routes, salt provided by West Sussex Highways helps towns, parishes and other communities keep the county moving if ice and snow cover local roads and pavements. Roger Elkins, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, and Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, went to see the topping up process on Tuesday.

Roger said: “The process starts in the spring when parishes check salt levels in their bins in preparation for the winter. Now, at this later stage, we are just topping up to make sure they have enough salt: if needed, deliveries are made by our contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places.”

Debbie said: “We really appreciate the hard work put in by parish councils, town councils and community groups in preparing for winter and ensuring they have winter plans in place, ready in case severe conditions affect their local area.”

The plans are supported by local volunteers, farmers and contractors to assist with salt spreading and snow clearances when needed.