I've just received an update from the officers regarding gritting around the Borough.
The Council has around 400 tonnes of salt in store, with more deliveries being received each day. About 200 tonnes can be spread each day if needed.
With further prolonged periods of snow and ice forecast, it is essential that salt stocks are preserved, in case some deliveries are not made as promised.
Salt will therefore be prioritised on gritting the main highway network and the town centre. This is in line with practice adopted by many other local authorities in the North East.
I've also received an update from the Durham and Darlington Fire Authority - it is using its vehicles to support ambulance crews access snow-bound residents in distress. Trained drivers from the Fire Service will meet the ambulance crews where driving conditions have become too hazardous for ambulances and take them incidents in 4x4 vehicles.
The Service has 16 4x4 vehicles available for use throughout Durham and Darlington. In addition, the 7 new fire appliances recently introduced into the fleet are fitted with anti-skid technology. This has resulted in the service safely attending 287 incidents since the 18th December 2009, when the snow first hit the region.
A worrying trend is that the number of raod traffic collisions has almost doubled from 37 last year to 67 this year, primarily due to the hazardous driving conditions. DDFRA is advising drivers to do the following;
Drivers should carry a shovel, warm clothing and a fully charged mobile phone.
In the current waether, it is best that you avoid any unecessary journeys.
If your journey is unavoidable, take extra care when driving, keeping your speed low to allow for additional braking distances and dissiculty in manoevrring yiour vehicle if confronted with an emergency situation.