Farmers can get snow grit fees

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FARMERS and contractors in the High Peak still have the chance to make extra cash by helping grit the county’s roads.

Derbyshire County Council grits around half of the roads it looks after, a total of 1,555 miles. But the authority needs extra help to grit and clear snow from other roads to isolated villages, industrial areas and schools not already on a gritting route.

For the second year running, the county council is offering a minimum payment of £200 to farmers and other contractors who are signed up to help – even if it doesn’t snow.

Cllr Simon Spencer, the authority’s deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “As well as bringing in extra income, you’d be doing your community a fantastic service in clearing minor roads which otherwise might be blocked during heavy snow.”

Anyone interested will need to provide their own equipment such as a plough, buckets, snow blowers or machinery to spread grit.

To find out more, or download an application pack, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winterhelp or call Wes Bramley on 01629 538529.

The closing date is Friday, August 31.