Winter response boosted by new salt dome
A new salt dome is coming into operation in Cirencester, increasing Gloucestershire County Council’s winter resilience even further.
It’s the latest of the county’s snow domes located at strategic spots across Gloucestershire, including Cannop (Forest of Dean), Moreton-in-Marsh and Stroudwater.
Over the past five years the UK has experienced increasing periods of severe winter weather, and the county council is directly responding to this by investing in extra salt stocks.
Capacity has more than trebled over the past five years from just over 4,000 in 2008 to 12,600 tonnes this year.
Storing salt in purpose built domes helps the stock last longer and ensures the quality remains high when spreading on the roads.
Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood will be marking the new salt dome coming into operation later this month by inspecting its new salt stocks. He said, “This new dome means we’re even better prepared to cope this winter.”
“Gloucestershire County Council is committed to keeping the county moving in bad weather and this is just one example of how getting ready for all that winter has to throw at us.”
“Winter will soon be on us. To get prepared in the next few weeks we’ll be waking up our 33-strong team of gritting appliances to test run our 1,000 miles of salting routes.”
Jenny Goodson, Gloucestershire Highways Manager with responsibility for winter operations, said: “This extra dome increases our salt capacity. Its location means we have even more salt in the Cotswolds where, because of its geography, we see some of the most extreme winter weather in the county.”
The 21 diameter dome, situated at Gloucestershire Highways existing Cirencester depot, has a concrete wall and wooden dome with shingles to tie in with the surrounding area.
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