Resident and community groups can get free salt to grit their streets from Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) as the council starts to gear up for the winter.
Chells County Councillor Robin Parker has made sure the free salt scheme will run again for the winter of 20/21.
We all hope that we will not suffer a hard winter – but best to be prepared!
The county council is also offering salt to schools for use on the highway, to help them stay open during icy weather, as well as to parish and town councils, who can use their local knowledge to identify exactly where best to use the salt during severe weather.
District and borough councils that help with clearing high priority pavements can apply for up to 30 tonnes of salt to assist with highway treatments at no cost.
Resident and community groups can apply for up to 680kg of salt, and schools can ask for up to 1 tonne. Last year some 200 local groups took advantage of the offer.
Robin Parker said “Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is responsible for gritting highways in winter and they do not have the resources to grit everywhere. Neither will HCC allow or provide or fill any additional salt bins on the highway. The free salt bag assistance scheme is all they will now offer.”
“However, if a group of residents get together and make an application for free salt it can help. The scheme has run for some years. Last week, I got HCC to agree that the closing date for applications will be later than normal this year – it is now 31.10.2020.”
The salt will be provided for use on the public highway, not on private property, and the county council can only make one delivery of salt at the beginning of the winter.
Application forms can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/applyforsalt and must be received by the county council by 31 October.