Gloucestershire County Council opens new Cirencester snow dome in preparation for winter
WITH another bitterly cold winter expected, it is good to know that preparations are already being put in place to make Cirencester more resilient.
A brand new salt dome, based at the Love Lane Industrial Estate in Cirencester, has come into operation ready for when the county’s road turn icy in the coming weeks.
Jenny Goodson, Gloucestershire Highways manager, said: “This extra dome increases our salt capacity. Its location means we have even more salt in the Cotswolds where we see some of the most extreme winter weather in the county.”
The new 21 diameter dome has a concrete wall and wooden dome with shingles to tie in with the surrounding area.
In recent years, the whole country has experienced increasing periods of severe winter weather and Gloucestershire County Council has responded to this by directly investing in extra salt stocks.
The council now has over 12,500 tonnes of salt reserves, 8,000 more than it had in the winter of 2008.
Storing salt in domes like the one in Cirencester helps the stock to last longer and ensure that the quality remains high when spreading on the roads.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “This new dome means we’re even better prepared to cope this winter.
“GCC is committed to keeping the county moving in bad weather and this is just one example of getting ready for all that winter has to throw at us.
“To get prepared, in the next few weeks we’ll be waking up our 33-strong team of gritting appliances to test run our 1,000 miles of salting routes.”
GCC has a number of other domes across the county, in locations such as the Forest of Dean and Moreton-in-Marsh.
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