Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Sand only for grit bins

GRIT bins are to be filled with sand only, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has announced.

It said the move is needed in light of a national shortage.

The news comes after the authority slashed grit treatment of roads by 25 per cent at the request of the Government and cut bin numbers by about half.

In a statement, SMBC said: “Sand grit is effectively grit without salt, which means it will still help to improve a vehicle’s grip on the road but may not necessarily melt the snow and ice like salt does.”

A council posting on social networking site Twitter branded it a 'slight amendment'.

It said only major roads could be gritted in ‘exceptionally bad weather’.

In a press release, Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We do sympathise with people who are travelling around the Borough in any future exceptionally bad weather, however we also hope they will understand our reasons for taking this course of action.”

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