Salt shortages affect road gritting

Although Leitrim County Council is expected to receieve six days worth of salt supplies this week, Council staff have acknowledged that, should the cold snap continue well into the weekend they may have to look at restricting salting and gritting to the County's National Routes only.

Although Leitrim County Council is expected to receieve six days worth of salt supplies this week, Council staff have acknowledged that, should the cold snap continue well into the weekend they may have to look at restricting salting and gritting to the County's National Routes only.

Nationally salt rocks have come under increased pressure as the unseasonably cold weather has meant that many councils have used up their entire stocks for December in only the first few days of the month. The National Roads Authority now have the responsibility of buying road salt stocks and distributing them to local county councils but even when they are under pressure with a Europe-wide weather system leading to soaring demands on international suppliers.

Speaking at Monday's Council meeting, Cllr Martin Kenny paid tribute to the excellent work carried out by the staff of Leitrim County Council but he said he would be remiss in his duty if he did not seek assurances on the Council's access to adequate supplies of salt and grit.

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