Farmers help with gritting Doncaster as council defends its work to keep roads clear

Farmers have been out helping grit Doncaster’s roads today, revealed council bosses who have defended their efforts to keep the borough moving.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 3:50 pm

Some have claimed on social media today that roads across the borough had not been gritted before the snow which has brought the borough to a halt with buses suspended this afternoon.

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But the council has this afternoon put a statement on its own social media to confirm that the gritters had been out this morning, twice, and revealed that local farmers had later turned out to help in the task.

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Andy Marr inside the mini gritter which grits the car parks around Doncaster. Picture: Andrew Roe

The council stated: “For those wondering what our gritters do when the weather’s like this, here’s what’s happened so far today…

“In the early hours, the first gritting began (we had to wait until the overnight rain had stopped, otherwise the grit gets washed away). Our full team of gritters were out.

“All the main routes were gritted.

“The team returned to the depot, got filled back up, and went out for a second time this morning to grit main routes (including outside all of our Covid vaccination centres).

“Once the main roads are OK, our gritters move onto the secondary routes. There is an issue however with the volume of traffic on the roads making it difficult for us to deal with hotspot areas we need to retreat/re-plough.

“Our street scene teams are now gritting and snow clearing priority footways. While local farmers are also assisting!

“Please stay safe on the roads and only go out if you REALLY need to.”

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