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Gritting crews ready to tackle icy roads in Lichfield and Burntwood

Highways bosses say gritting teams are ready to deal with whatever winter can throw at them in Lichfield and Burntwood.

Around 30,000 tonnes of salt has been stockpiled as part of Staffordshire County Council’s Operation Snowflake.

And crews are already keeping a close eye on the temperatures as they prepare to tackle the big chill this winter.

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Transport, said: “Last winter the crews did a fantastic job helping to keep the roads open and the county safely on the move in quite treacherous conditions.

“We are all hoping for a milder winter, but Operation Snowflake helps ensure we are fully prepared for whatever the weather delivers and helps ensure we can make pre-emptive strikes and minimise the impact of ice, snow and flooding on our roads.”

Although highways crews will grit 43 per cent of the roads across the county, local residents are being urged to do their bit to help keep roads and paths clear.

Cllr Sue Woodward has already called on local residents in Burntwood to sign up as ‘Ice Busters’ to come to the aid of neighbours.

People in other areas can find out more about the scheme by calling 0300 111 8000.

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