Berkshire

First 'salt barn' opened in Bracknell Forest Council borough

A purpose-built facility supplying grit to the borough of Bracknell Forest Council has been opened.

The 41ft (12.5m) high barn on Downmill Road can hold 2,500 tonnes of salt.

It is expected that it will enable gritters to have quicker access to the council's salt supply.

Anthony Radford Foley, head of highways asset management, said: "Our primary salting routes total 109 miles so having the salt stored centrally is a great advantage."

It is the first time there has been a salt barn in the borough.

The council said it would also have access to five gritting lorries over the winter.

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