Windfalls for farmers if snow falls

FARMERS and other contractors are being offered the chance to make extra cash again this winter as part of Derbyshire County Council’s plans to help keep roads clear.

The county council grits around half the roads it looks after but extra help is needed to grit and clear snow from roads to isolated villages, industrial areas and schools not already on a gritting route.

For the second year running, the 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.

Last year 59 contractors were signed up and this year the council is aiming to get even more on board in various areas including Buxton and Bakewell.

Councillor Simon Spencer, DCC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Unfortunately the county council can’t clear snow from every road in the county.

“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.

“So if you’ve got the right equipment and you think you might be interested in helping, we want to hear from you.”

Anyone interested will need to provide their own equipment such as ploughs, buckets, snow blowers or machinery capable of spreading grit.

To find out more, visit www.sourcederbyshire.co.uk or call Wes Bramley on 01629 538529.

The closing date for returning applications is Friday, August 31.