No cuts to grit budget

DERBYSHIRE County Council has told the Advertiser they have the same amount of money set aside for gritting the county’s roads as they spent last year.

They are currently consulting the public on the way Derbyshire roads are treated in bad weather but said that there is £2.5m in the budget as well as another £2m aside in an emergency contingency fund in case it’s needed.

Cllr Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Last year we spent £4.5 million on gritting and snow clearance – an overspend of £1m. This year there’s £4.5m available including a planned contingency to reduce the effect of overspending on other county council services.”

Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/grittingconsultation.

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