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Civic reception for Northamptonshire’s gritter drivers

Gritters in and around Perry Street before Prince Charles' visit.

Gritters in and around Perry Street before Prince Charles' visit.

 

A special reception will be held for the teams who gritted Northamptonshire’s roads during the snowy weather.

Northamptonshire County Council has announced plans for the event, which will be held at the county cricket ground in Northampton next month.

The council’s cabinet member for infrastructure, Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage (Con, East Hunsbury) will lead the event to thank the 130-strong workforce.

He said: “Over the past few weeks the crew has worked around the clock to keep our county moving during the severe winter weather and done an excellent job of keeping the roads open.

“For two weeks in particular we were faced with significant snowfall with persistent sub-zero temperatures and our workforce met the challenge head-on.

“I think when a team of people does such an excellent job it’s important that they receive the recognition they deserve.”

The team has carried out 77 grit runs so far this winter and faced temperatures as low as -9C.

A total of 16,000 tonnes of gritting salt has been distributed on the county’s roads, including 8,225 tonnes during the two-week cold snap.

 

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