Derbyshire councillors consider road gritting changes

Derbyshire county councillors are considering changing the way its roads are gritted.

The county council currently grits around half of Derbyshire's roads - 1,555 out of 3,300 miles.

Following severe winter weather over the past two years, the proposed changes include paying farmers to help with some gritting and snow clearance.

Under the proposals, some second-tier roads would only be gritted during the day with priority given to main roads.

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The changes would cut costs by making better use of our resources, county councillor Simon Spencer said.

"Last year we spent £4.5m on gritting and snow clearance - an overspend of £1m," he said.

The county would also add a lower-priority third tier to its existing two-tier clearance system.

The proposals will be considered at a meeting on 2 August and if approved the changes will be subject to a public consultation.

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