Liverpool

Liverpool salt barn plans to be considered

A huge salt barn will be built in Liverpool, if plans before the city council are approved.

Councillors want to build a barn with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes at a cost of £345,000 at the Newton Road depot.

Currently, the authority stores 2,000 tonnes of salt outdoors but in the past four years it has used an average of 3,400 tonnes each winter.

The proposals, which are subject to planning permission, are due to be considered by the cabinet on Friday.

'More efficient'

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "On every level - practical, financial and environmental - it makes sense for us to have a salt barn.

"It will enable us to store enough salt to see us through the worst winter and we will not have to buy emergency supplies, when prices go sky-high, as we start to run out."

He added: "Perhaps this is something that should have been considered years ago but at least now motorists can be assured that we will be much more efficient in trying to keep the roads clear of snow and ice."

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