WITH a noticeable chill descending on Burton over the last few days a clear sign that winter is on the way, council chiefs have begun making preparations for when it firmly takes its grip.
While sub-zero temperatures may still be a while off, bosses at Staffordshire County Council are ready for the icy conditions awaiting the region’s motorists.
The authority has 30,000 tonnes of grit stockpiled at its depots across the county, including at its base in Lichfield, where lorries bound for Burton’s roads will operate from.
The air around Burton has become decidedly chilly in recent days, with temperatures expected to continue to plummet in the coming weeks as the nights draw in.
While temperatures could reach 17C next week, they are predicted to struggle to get beyond 13C towards the end of the month.
Gritting lorries could be seen on Burton’s roads before the end of the month depending on the weather, with council bosses already monitoring its weather stations closely, determined not to be caught off guard.
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport said: “We have dozens of gritting lorries and snow ploughs ready to put into action when needed. Our innovative Ice Busters campaign also allows community groups and parish councils to play their part by gritting local footpaths in winter when needed.
“Our crews do a fantastic job in often quite treacherous conditions to keep as many roads open as possible and help keep the county safely on the move.
“Last year was a particularly severe winter with 12ft drifts in some parts of the county and snow even falling in the spring, but pre-emptive strikes helped us treat even more roads than usual and ensured we were ahead of the game when the bad weather arrived
“Winter for us starts ‘officially’ later this month and although you can never tell how bad the weather is going to be, we are in great shape to tackle whatever winter has in store for Staffordshire this year.”