Councils have preparations in place ahead of winter season

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Council logoSwindon Borough Council is stocked up with twelve hundred tonnes of salt should freezing temperatures hit the Borough over the coming months.

The salt which has been put aside by Swindon Borough Council is enough to treat the town’s priority routes 30 times. Last year, the Council treated the priority routes 21 times using approximately 1,000 tonnes of salt,

Man spreading grit

The dedicated team of 16 drivers and eight gritting lorries will be on stand-by 24 hours a day to grit the priority routes which cover 200 miles of the Borough’s 520+ mile road network.

The Council has also checked the Borough’s 475 grit bins, and those that need filling or replacing will be attended to in the coming weeks.

The Council’s Homeline service, which assists older and vulnerable people, has 4x4 vehicles so it can respond to emergencies in adverse weather. The service has a 4x4 Response Protocol whereby multi-agency support, including the voluntary sector, is available to assist in emergencies.

The Council has emergency planning procedures in place and staff in many service areas will also be placed on standby in the event of severe weather.

Further information on how to stay safe in an emergency or during adverse weather is available at:  or visit for further advice on how to prepare for winter and stay safe and well through the colder months.



Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council logoWiltshire Council is stocked up with 11,000 of salt this year. This year's supply is well over what was spread on the County's road's in 2016/17.

Wiltshire Council is confident they have more than sufficient salt for an average winter, and contingency plans in place with salt stockists should there be a prolonged cold snap. Wiltshire Council only used 6,500 tonnes last year, and just over 5,000 the year before, and 7,300 in 2014/15.

The salt is stored in six sites around the County and a team of 24 lorry drivers are on standby ready to grit the roads when needed. A team of engineers monitor the weather round the clock during the season. Wiltshire Council also has a scheme where parish and town councils can apply for a one tonne bag of salt to help keep important areas of the highway open within local communities during adverse weather.

During winter you can get updates on both the weather and road conditions on Twitter by following @WiltshireWinter and @WiltshireRoads.

Wiltshire Council gritters


1. Wiltshire Council has 24 gritters ready to treat the primary network - that's 25% of the County's roads including primary A and B roads, and 50% of the network in severe conditions.

2. The gritters will cover 726 miles from strategically located depots like the one in Mere, spreading 150 tonnes of salt each time they go out on the primary network.

3. Salt, not grit, is spread, and 11,000 tonnes is held in stock at the start of this Winter season.

4. Weather stations are strategically placed around the county which give real time information and assist in producing accurate forecasts to ensure gritters are sent out at the right time.

5. A dedicated team of duty engineers monitor the weather 24/7 during the season supported by highways staff and a team of 24 drivers who are on standby throughout to be called into action at any time. Farmers and other specialist contractors are also on standby to help their communities with snow ploughing.

6. 1,600 salt bins are being filled for use on local, lightly used roads and pavements. Parish and town councils which have requested them have also been given 1 tonne bags of rock salt for community use.

7. Wiltshire Council has invested in six tractors which can assist in winter maintenance.

8. Last winter the gritters went out 44 times in the County.

9. 6,510 tonnes of salt were spread on Wiltshire's roads last season (2016/17).

10. Wiltshire Council goes on a dry run at the start of each Winter season. During the run no salt is spread, but residents will see gritters out and about on the designated gritting network during the day as drivers familiarise themselves with the routes.

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