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Bexley's schools urged to order salt to avoid snow chaos

PUBLISHED: 17:04 12 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:40 13 September 2011

A postman working in the snow, in Station Road, Sidcup last year.

A postman working in the snow, in Station Road, Sidcup last year.

Schools and residents are being urged to get their orders of salt in early to avoid last year’s snow chaos.

Rock salt can be ordered now through until November from Bexley Council for £160 a tonne with residents being given the chance to buy smaller quantities.

Orders cannot be guaranteed after November as stocks will have to be maintained for the main road network.

Councillor Gareth Bacon, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “Bexley was hit hard during last winter’s extreme weather conditions. Council staff worked around the clock to keep priority roads open and services running and they are to be commended for that.

“Lessons were learnt and this year’s investment in additional snow clearing equipment shows that the council has listened to local concerns.

“The new equipment will go a long way towards keeping shopping areas and key routes open and accessible should we have a repeat of last year’s weather. Also, by providing cost-price rock salt and snow scoops to residents, we are helping local people prepare too, and I hope this will encourage a community spirit amongst neighbours when it comes to working together to help keep pavements and driveways clear of snow and ice.”

Residents can buy salt from Foots Cray Reuse and Recycling Centre in Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, from Saturday, October 1. These will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and only on production of the council’s orange Reuse and Recycling Centre permit. The scheme will be limited to one bag of rock salt and one snow scoop per household.

Prices are £5 for 25 kg, £3 for 10g and £8 for a snow scoop. Larger quantities can be ordered by contacting the Area Team Technical Support Section on (0208) 303 7777 extension 4502 or 4506.

Orders are limited to one tonne each because of the national shortage of natural mined rock salt.

This comes after nine inches of snow fell on Bexley on November 30 last year, which led to trains being cancelled, schools closing, cancellation of rubbish collections, library closures, skidding buses and traffic gridlock.

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