Former Rutland High Sheriff praises gritting teams

Outgoing Rutland High Sheriff Bart Hellyer thanks gritting teams at Rutland County Council during his last civic engagement
Outgoing Rutland High Sheriff Bart Hellyer thanks gritting teams at Rutland County Council during his last civic engagement
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The weather might be getting better now but the hard work of the gritting teams throughout the winter was recognised by the outgoing High Sheriff.

Bart Hellyer visited the gritting team at the depot, near Ashwell, as his last civic engagement before handing over to the new High Sheriff for 2013/14 Trish Ruddle.

During the winter, the team used more grit than any other winter since records began, laying 2,900 tonnes.

They were sent out on a total of 99 days between October and April, working hard to keep the roads clear.

Mr Hellyer told the team: “I’d like to offer thanks on behalf of the county for the hard work that has taken place throughout the winter.

“We have experienced some extremely challenging conditions and I know, from living in a small village only accessed by a relatively minor route, I was impressed with how fast the gritters got round to keeping the minor roads clear just as much as the major ones.”

He said he enjoyed his trip to the depot.

Mr Hellyer added: “I was particularly interested to hear from the drivers who are responsible for driving the huge vehicles around the county spreading grit in advance of any bad weather.”

Our picture shows Mr Hellyer with members of the gritting team.