Coventry & Warwickshire

Cuts 'could affect council gritting supplies'

A council is warning that government spending cuts could mean less money to ensure roads are gritted in the winter.

Warwickshire County County has 14,000 tonnes ordered for this winter but said there were financial concerns for the next three or fours years.

Chief executive Jim Graham said transport budgets will be "under scrutiny" in the government's autumn spending review.

More than 40% of roads in the county were gritted last winter, he said.

'Hospitals routes'

He told BBC News: "My concern is what we are going to do over the next three of four years.

"There's a spending review in the autumn and clearly transport budgets will be one of the ones under scrutiny by government.

"We've got about 4,500 miles of roads to that we have to grit.

"We also make sure key parts like entrances to hospitals, industrial sites are all gritted."

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