WINTER may be far from everyone’s minds at the moment, but Cheshire West and Chester council (CWaC) is “confident” that they have enough salt to cope with the harshest of weather.
A Whitehall-commissioned report has this week warned councils to stock up, or risk paying the Highways Agency a premium price for imported road salt.
The report estimates that the country could be as much as 250,000 tonnes short if this winter is as bad as last year’s.
But Cheshire West and Chester Council is reassuring the public about salt stocks in the county.
Spokesman Ian Callister said: “We are very confident that we will have more than enough salt to cope if the conditions are as bad as they were last year.”
The report’s recommendations include encouraging local authorities to review their winter plans and consider the amount of salt needed for adequate coverage, issuing advice to the public on clearing snow and advising local authorities on improving salt use.
A further report covering rail and aviation is due to be released in the autumn.