Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry has praised the county’s farming community for diverting their farmers and tractors to work alongside Hampshire Highways, keeping priority roads clear of snow.

Councillor Perry said: “We are extremely indebted to our own workforce, our contractors, as well as our farmers and volunteers. Hampshire is truly a great community.

“The 100 plus strong volunteer farmer workforce has demonstrably boosted the resources that we have been able to deploy on the main routes of Hampshire to keep them clear and passable during the spell of heavy snowfall.

“Like our highways staff and partners, these farmers have been working round the clock since the onset of this period of adverse weather. It is thanks to their efforts, working in conjunction with highways crews, that we have been able to keep the entire main road network and priority routes to hospitals and other essential services open.”

In the event of continued snow or future episodes, Councillor Perry reminded road users to give highways crews and farmers consideration and let them carry out road clearing and gritting safely. He said: “I would ask Hampshire residents to be patient if they find themselves driving behind a gritter or a snow plough, and allow the vehicles the space to do their work in helping to keep our roads free of ice and snow.”

He also reminded communities to pull together, adding: “We have placed stocked community salt bins in thousands of residential streets, near schools, as well as town and village areas. These are ready for people to help the collective effort to keep public footpaths free of ice and snow. Only a small amount of salt is needed for a fairly large area.”

Motorists are advised to drive with particular care and attention, adjusting their driving according to the conditions and allowing extra time for their journeys.

For the latest information on when the winter fleet is set to salt Hampshire roads, and information on roads affected by the weather, follow @hantshighways on Twitter.

More information on Hampshire roads during severe weather ROSPA has some good advice on safe winter driving

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