Dacorum community groups and schools can apply for free salt as the county council gears up for winter

The salt will be provided for use on the public highway - not on private property
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Resident and community groups can get free salt to grit their streets from Hertfordshire County Council, as the council starts to gear up for the winter.

The county council is also offering salt to schools for use on the highway, to help them stay open during icy weather, as well as to parish and town councils, who can use their local knowledge to identify exactly where best to use the salt during severe weather.

District and borough councils that help with clearing high priority pavements can apply for up to 30 tonnes of salt to assist with highway treatments at no cost.

Get your salt in now in time for winterGet your salt in now in time for winter
Get your salt in now in time for winter

Resident and community groups can apply for between 1 and 34 20kg bags of salt, and schools can ask for up to 1 tonne.

Last year around 200 local groups took advantage of the offer.

Phil Bibby, cabinet member for highways, said: “It may seem quite early to be thinking about snow and ice, but it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared.

"We’ve already ordered thousands of tonnes of salt for the county’s main roads, but we will need to order more and, as in previous years, we’re happy to order extra salt for organisations who want to help keep their local roads and pavements clear.

"Our gritters can’t get everywhere, so it’s a real help when local groups are willing to do their bit too.”

The salt will be provided for use on the public highway, not on private property, and the county council can only make one delivery of salt at the beginning of the winter.

Apply online through the Hertfordshire County Council website, before Sunday, October 31.