I was amazed to read in this article on the BBC website that each English council is required to hold only 6 days of salt - the officially minimum recommended level of salt needed to meet demand. Having lived around England in my younger days, I can say the only area which wouldn't need more than that in an average winter is the south-west, although there were quite a few winters there when black ice was present in early mornings.
British Salt director David Stephen made an offer of half price salt to 30 councils in April last year but none accepted his largesse.
The weather here is little different to the likes of West Yorkshire yet most of Scotland is depicted as a place of cold and miserable weather. Quite untrue of course yet the fallacy continues.
There have been problems here with salt supplies but these have been readily resolved by the Scottish government and the councils without any cuts in gritting requirements.
'Transport minister Sadiq Khan admitted that the six day advice may be altered in future.'
May? How kind of him to give this consideration. Not only has this ridiculous recommendation caused misery to hundreds of thousands in the past weeks, it has cost pain and suffering to hundreds who have had the misfortune to fall on untreated roads or pavements. The conflicting advice about clearing your own pavement was only the start of it and the costs to councils for imported salt will be high.
The government's mismanagement has been appalling but then that's the norm these days from labour.