BRITAIN faces the risk of renewed snow chaos after councils admitted yesterday that salt supplies are “stretched”.
With heavy snow forecast from tomorrow until the end of the week, councils revealed they may need to share salt with neighbouring authorities if stocks get low.
One source warned: “This is serious” while the Local Government Association cautioned that everyone, including central government and the Highways Agency is going to “have to carefully manage the way they use salt”.
It said councils are replenishing salt stocks but stressed: “They can only restock as fast as salt suppliers can dig salt out of the ground.” The warning came as the Met Office issued an advisory of “severe or extreme weather”, forecasting up to six inches of snow across the South-east on Thursday and up to four inches on Friday.
It warned next week could bring “more substantial” snowfalls as weather fronts move in.
The country also faces a series of frosty nights which could also make roads treacherous.
At the same time, the Tories revealed official figures showing huge variations in the salt stocks of local councils.
Figures from late last month show they ranged from just 54 tons and 62 tons in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to 5,659 tons at Kent County Council. The Welsh Local Government Association said that many councils across the country have not managed to rebuild stocks since last month’s cold spell.
The chronic shortage in places raises fears of a repeat of last month’s chaos when large parts of the country ground to a halt in the face of heavy snow.
Salt stocks ran so low that the Government’s emergency Salt Cell ordered the Highways Agency and councils to cut usage by up to 50 per cent.
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