Frosty reception for gritters on mild night

MOTORISTS were surprised to see county council gritting lorries in action on a mild Wednesday night week.

'Why were the council gritting the roads on Wednesday night.. when the weather was mild and lowest night time temps were predicted to be 4 degrees C. What a waste of our money,' said a local man who contacted this newspaper.

However, a council official said the local authority was in a no-win situation and it was 'better to be safe than sorry'.

He explained that the county council received daily forecast reports and between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. last Wednesday, there was one saying there was a risk of an overnight ground frost.

The council gritters were on the roads at about 7 p.m., however, at 8.30 p.m. an updated weather forecast came in saying that a ground frost was unlikely and the lorries were recalled.

Wexford People