Help to clear roads this winter

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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 1,555 miles of roads during bad winter weather 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.

Cllr Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways, said: “If you’ve got the right equipment and think you might be interested in helping, we want to hear from you.”

To find out more or download an application pack, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winterhelp or call Wes Bramley on 01629 538529.