Winter gritting plans are given national backing

PLANS to help keep Derbyshire’s roads and pavements clear of snow this winter have received national backing.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has given its support to highways authority Derbyshire County Council’s plan for dealing with the icy weather .

In a letter to the council, Judith Hackitt, chairman of the HSE, endorsed the its moves to encourage communities to help grit and clear local paths and roads.

She said: “Clearly there is a lot more common sense in Derbyshire. We may need many more authorities to be encouraging residents to do the responsible and neighbourly thing. There is no health and safety reason for them not to.“You are setting an example we would love to see other authorities follow.”

The council’s deputy leader Cllr Simon Spencer, said: “We have looked for an effective and obvious solution to keep Derbyshire on the move this winter.

“We can’t do it all. We need local people, parish and town councils, farmers and contractors to support our gritting and snow clearing operation. It’s good to hear the HSE confirm there is no health and safety reason for them not to.”