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”We need to remind people that there is still a national salt shortage and that we are still having to continue to run a reduced salting route. So we are salting A and B routes only. “We have sufficient salt stocks to keep going on this basis, but the Government’s salt cell co-ordination operation has made it clear that those councils who go beyond A and B routes will be seen as profligate and will have their supplies reduced. We can’t take this risk. “That’s why we would ask people to be careful and not to expect the impossible. Public understanding and support continues to help our chaps deliver the best possible service in the circumstances.”