Council wants help to clear roads of snow

DERBYSHIRE County Council (DCC) is offering farmers and other contractors who sign up to help clear snow this winter a guaranteed minimum payment of £200 – even if it doesn’t snow.

Farmers with suitable ploughing or gritting equipment are urged to get in touch if they would be able to help keep clear the proposed new tertiary road network as shown at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/grittingconsultation.

In severe snow help may also be needed to clear snow on the proposed primary and secondary gritting network and some other routes.

Farmers will need to provide their own equipment to clear snow such as plough, buckets, snow blowers or machinery capable of spreading grit.

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 roads which otherwise might be blocked during heavy snow.”

For more information or to download an application pack visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winterhelp. The closing date for applications is 7 October 2011.

l To comment on the proposed changes to gritting visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk.

The consultation closes on October 12.