Call to farmers to help clear snow from wintery roads

COUNCIL chiefs are calling on farmers to help keep the county’s roads clear of snow this winter.

The move, approved by Derbyshire County Council comes as the authority looks for more efficient and effective ways to grit and clear snow from the region’s roads following two years of harsh and disruptive winter weather.

The council revealed it would offer a minimum annual payment of £200 to farmers and other external contractors for help with snow clearance and gritting.

In addition, councillors launched a public consultation, due to start next week, into plans to change the gritting network in a bid to treat more roads across the county.

Cllr Simon Spencer said: “During really bad and prolonged winter weather, it’s extremely difficult to provide an effective gritting service under the current system of covering all gritting routes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“It’s a very costly system and at a time when funds are becoming increasingly tight we needed to look at ways to grit the region’s roads more efficiently and effectively. Last year we spent £4.5m.”