In a statement on its website, Northumberland County Council said: "Teams have been carrying out gritting
in the west, north and south east of the county from 6pm on Wednesday and a night shift operated from 10pm.
A spokesperson for North Tyneside Council said: "In line with our winter maintenance procedures, our fleet of gritting
vehicles, which are equipped with snowploughs, were deployed on Thursday morning to treat the 240 miles of main roads and bus routes."
Even if they were gritting
just once a day, the amount of usage since December 23 and the lack of any deliveries since would render the council's salt supplies precariously low.
fleet is operated on behalf of SWTRA by local councils throughout South and West Wales.
operators have racked up over 4,193 hours, often working overnight in order to make our roads and pavements safe.
"When I spoke to (the driver) he said they were only gritting
"It is not currently sustainable for the council to continue gritting
all roads that it would normally treat," said a spokesman.
Calderdale officials have U-turned on a proposal to prioritise gritting
the area's busiest roads after the Examiner's report earlier caused a backlash from concerned residents and motorists.
The council also has a fleet of 29 gritting
vehicles, two snow blowers based in the rural areas and five gully tankers which are available to assist anywhere in the county where flooding is caused by rapid snow melt.
Tax officials have asked for views on a consultation document - Use of Rebated Fuel for Gritting
in Rural Areas - from anyone who would be affected by the changes, or is involved in doing gritting
He said: "I am calling on parish councils to take up the gritting
"This is not the case, gritting
crews have been working through the night to try and keep the primary road network clear."