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Kent's winter road plans unveiled

"We're ready for anything". That's the claim being made by Kent County Council this week as it unveils its winter road plans. Sixty gritters are on standby and tonnes of salt has been ordered. But, budget savings have to be made again this year. So workers won't be gritting less important roads, unless there's what they call a 'snow emergency'. Andrea Thomas has been finding out more from Highway manager Carol Valentine and councillor David Brazier from Kent County Council.

Meet the Snowminator

It's not often you get asked to name a council gritting lorry but that's what's happening in Kent over the next week. A competition's being run for children to give amusing, snow-themed names to the county council's fleet of winter gritters.

The "Snowminator" has already been christened, to get things rolling; other suggestions include Auntie Freeze and Snow Farrah. Ruje Yasmin reports, speaking to Carol Valentine and Cllr David Brazier, both from Kent County Council.


Gritters have been working overnight

Gritter lorry out working on Kent's motorways Credit: ITV News Meridian

The gritters have been working through the night to ensure that all motorways and major roads are trouble free. Two inches of snow fell in parts of our region yesterday with Kent and Sussex the worst affected.

Kent County Council (KCC), said its sixty lorries have been salting key routes.

Toby Howe, Highway Manager for KCC said:

"We salted all our key routes on Saturday evening, then treated and ploughed these roads again before the snow started in earnest on Sunday morning. We are now concentrating on our primary salting routes, patrolling constantly throughout the day...

"We are keeping a special watch on known problem areas - in particular we have dedicated one gritter to patrolling Detling Hill non-strop and a second to Bluebell Hill."We also have crews out tackling pavements and pedestrian areas across all the districts, and crews filling depleted salt bins."