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Summer sun not stopping preparations for winter weather in Kent

PUBLISHED: 15:05 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 23 August 2013

A Kent County Council worker with the stockpiled salt.

A Kent County Council worker with the stockpiled salt.

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Kent might be basking in the summer sun but preparations have already started for the winter to come.

More than 19,000 tonnes of salt has already been distributed to Dartford, Gravesend and the rest of the county to keep drivers moving on frozen roads.

And more deliveries are planned to stockpile enough salt to tackle another cold winter.

Last year’s long freeze saw more than 32,000 tonnes spread on more than 2,300 miles of road.

Kent’s 60-strong fleet of gritters were called out more than 120 times - almost double the 10-year average.

Drivers will be on “winter duty” from early October and on standby until the middle of April in spring.

Cllr David Brazier, Kent County Council cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “While we are very visible working to keep Kent’s roads clear in the winter, what people don’t see is the hard work that goes into our preparations throughout the summer months.”

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