Sefton Council approves plan to avoid snow chaos repeat

Crosby coast The low temperatures caused a large amount of sea smoke in Crosby

A plan to avoid a repeat of chaos caused by heavy snow last winter has been approved by a Merseyside council.

Sefton Council was strongly criticised in January for failing to respond quickly after heavy snow fell across the area.

Transport networks faced severe disruption as roads and pavements became impassable due to snow and ice.

After a nine-month public consultation, Labour councillor Peter Dowd said residents' concerns had been addressed.

He said: "We've tried to build confidence and say this is what we did last year and this is what we want to do differently this year.

"Salt will be more readily available and there will be community groups involved from different places.

"We will be making sure that where we need to use snow ploughs we will use them more efficiently."

The coldest temperature in the UK was recorded in Crosby, which dropped to -17.6C, the lowest coastal town recorded temperature since records began in 1983.

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