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WHETHER it’s information on priority gritting routes you’re after, or how to get your grit bin refilled, a new section of Lincolnshire County Council’s website hopes to answer all your gritting questions –

Created from the types of calls people make to the council’s customer service centre, the questions have been put together in good time for this winter.

Executive member for Highways and Transportation, Coun William Webb, said: “We hope people will find this helpful.

“We treat a third of our county’s roads well exceeding Government expectations. We urge motorists to drive to the conditions and remember that while salt can help, it’s not a cure. Once temperatures fall below minus seven degrees, the salt becomes far less effective.

“We get a lot of calls asking whether someone could be sued if a person falls on a road or path they have cleared. This is highly unlikely, unless they have done something irresponsible like pouring hot water, creating a slippery surface. We’ve got some tips about the best way of clearing snow and ice in the FAQs as well.

“There are answers to questions about how people can request a grit bin, or get their local one refilled.

“People often ask whether they can use the salt from the bins on their own driveways. It should only be used to help keep people moving on the highways and footways, not their own private property.”

The customer service centre receives around 2,000 highways calls a week, which increases to around 3,850 in severe weather.