Extra grit to stop repeat of big freeze fiasco

Icy car parks in north Norfolk's main towns will get extra grit this winter as officials try to prevent a recurrence of last year's cold weather carnage.

Shoppers and traders were angry when towns ground to a standstill as car parks, side roads and pavements were turned into skating rinks during the pre-Christmas cold snap.

Officials said at the time it was a combination of gritters prioritising the main roads and insurance advice not to treat the car parks.

But after reviewing the situation North Norfolk District Council is putting �10,000 into providing extra grit bins on car parks for use by the public.

It is also buying hand-powered grit spreaders so staff or contractors can grit car parks and is talks with the county council about extra gritting and snow clearing.

And town councils will also be approached to see if they can lend a hand in tackling the situation.

Updates on the condition of car parks will also be flagged up on the district council's website.

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Resources cabinet member Peter Moore said the council would target the main shoppers' car parks in the towns, but the talks with county were important to make sure people could reach them in the first place.