More salt ordered in for safety
COUNCILS have ordered thousands of tonnes of extra salt to keep roads in the Bristol area safe during the cold spell.
North Somerset Council says it has ordered an additional 800 tonnes of rock salt, 300 of which were expected to be delivered today, after using 630 tonnes in the past fortnight – 340 of them since Thursday.
And it was reported last night that 900 tonnes of grit for Bristol City Council was expected to arrive in Avonmouth.
Freezing conditions are expected to continue for the rest of the week, with forecasters saying more snow could arrive in the area today.
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In recent days first aid charity St John Ambulance helped emergency staff to get through the snow by providing 4x4 ambulances.
The charity's vehicles, some staffed by the charity's own trained crews, were called out across the Bristol area 34 times to help transport patients to hospitals and respond to road traffic collisions.
Steve Hargreaves, the charity's regional director for ambulance and first aid in the South West, said: "Our 4x4 ambulances are specifically designed to tackle harder terrain and are fully equipped like a normal ambulance which makes them very useful at times like these. We remain ready to assist wherever we may be needed at this time."
Councils are pleading for patience with refuse and recycling crews, who are being slowed down by ice on pavements as they do their rounds.
In North Somerset, people whose recycling was not collected on Friday due to the snow are being advised to put it out this Friday instead.
A council spokesman said: "We have extra crews out, but please remember that it may take a bit longer to complete collections because there is still a lot of ice on pavements and some roads."