Grit and bearing it

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COUNCIL workers have helped to lay around 850 tonnes of rock salt over 7,100 miles of road during the recent cold snap.

Up to 25cm of snow fell over a 25-hour at the weekend, with gritter drivers helping to spread salt and distribute 200 tonnes of it to 400 grit bins around the city.

Between Friday and Monday, when snowfall was at its worst, the council’s Community Alarm team received 1,468 calls.

Staff who had access to 4x4 or SUV cars again volunteered to be ‘on call’ to help social workers and carers to get out to see people if their own cars were unsuitable for the conditions.

Many bus services operated with a handful of rural routes affected. A specially designed emergency school closure alert system helped send out 25,946 texts on Friday, 18,702 on Sunday and 7,693 on Monday to advise parents of school closures.

Weekend litter picking teams were deployed as salt spreaders helping to distribute grit in town centres with regular updates coming from Twitter account @Twit4GritMK.

Councillor Andrew Geary, leader of the council, said: “Our staff have shown a very impressive dedication to providing service – in some cases literally life-saving, to the people of Milton Keynes.

“As a farmer I am often up at the crack of dawn in all weathers, so I fully appreciate the dedication and willpower it takes to get up, get out the door, and do your job in the most challenging of circumstances.”