Council calls for snow clearing squad

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 – 1,555 miles.

But extra help is needed to grit and clear snow from other roads such as to isolated villages, industrial areas and schools not already on a gritting route.

And 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.

Last year 59 contractors were signed up to clear snow from minor roads across the county in a move praised by Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

This year the county council is aiming to get even more on board throughout Derbyshire – particularly around Belper and Duffield

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’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.

To find out more or download an application pack visit www.sourcederbyshire.co.uk or call Wes Bramley on 01629 538529.

The closing date for returning applications – known as a tender submission – is Friday August 31.