I am aware that we have been contacted by a number of drivers regarding potholes, which have been made worse due to severe weather and prolonged gritting
, "The improving weather will now allow us to reprioritise road maintenance activities around repairing potholes.
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.
St Helens said it was now gritting
roads as much as three times a night in a bid to keep the roads clear.
Grit bins are provided where we are unable to accommodate an area within the council's priority gritting
routes and they meet the relevant criteria.
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.
At present, only purpose-built or adapted gritting
wagons can use red diesel when carrying out gritting
Coun Mike Maryon, highways boss for Staffordshire, said that parish councils' community groups could use their local knowledge to keep ice hot-spots gritted for vulnerable residents which can't be reached by gritting
Council officials warned that despite their best efforts the heavy snowfall hampered the gritting
operation and the effectiveness of the salt spread on the road.