Frosty reception for gritters on mind 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 said the County Council received daily forecast reports and between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. last Wednesday, there was one warning of a risk of an overnight ground frost.
As a result, the gritters were on the roads at 7 p.m., however, at 8.30 p.m. an updated forecast came in saying that a ground frost was unlikely and the lorries were recalled.