DERBYSHIRE: Help keep county’s roads clear of snow

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Council chiefs are calling for help to keep the county’s roads and pavements clear of snow this winter.

Last year Derbyshire County Council’s gritters were helped by around 60 farmers and other contractors who ploughed the roads.

This year the authority is aiming to get even more on board − particularly around Chesterfield, Bolsover, NE Derbyshire, Amber Valley and the Derbyshire Dales.

Anyone with suitable ploughing, snow blowing or gritting equipment can contact the council and potentially receive a guaranteed minimum payment of £200 – even if it doesn’t snow.

One farmer who has been helping since signing up two years ago is Ralph Godber, from West House Farm, in Alfreton.

He said: “We do farming and contract digger work so during the winter months when our diggers are not being used it is a good way to keep an income coming in.

“Last year I was called out on two occasions when I worked for six days to clear snow that was up to four feet deep. A lot of local roads can close but we managed to keep most open and you are appreciated for doing it.

“I would recommend anyone to sign up as it is a good way to earn some extra money and a good way to help out the community.”

To find out more or download an application pack visit www.sourcederbyshire.co.uk or call Shane Linthwaite on 01629 538548.