Durham and Teesside councils stock up on salt

Gritting salt Many councils were stretched during winter weather earlier this year

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Councils in Durham and Teesside have stockpiled grit supplies ahead of a predicted cold snap with snow.

They said they had learned lessons after supplies ran low earlier this year and had prepared for snow next week and during the winter months.

Middlesbrough Council has 3,000 tonnes and Darlington Council said it had increased its salt levels from 4,000 to 6,000 tonnes.

Stockton Council confirmed it had 3,200 tonnes stockpiled.

Nine gritters

It has also issued a four-page leaflet to all households in its area showing which routes are priority for gritting and giving general advice.

A spokesman for Darlington Council said: "When the borough's roads are in the icy grip of winter weather the highways maintenance team is out at all hours aiming to keep roads safe and ice-free.

"With a fleet of nine gritters on standby from October to April, they are ready to react at the first sight of bad weather.

"Throughout the winter the Council also receives several daily weather forecasts from the Met Office."

A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said it was confident gritters could cope with any potential bad weather.

Hartlepool Council said it had 1,600 tonnes in storage with a further 200 tonnes on order.

Durham County Council said it was well stocked to cope with a cold snap.

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