ESSEX County Council has asked us to point out that suggestions of a shortage of winter gritting salt in Essex are incorrect.

The county council would like to assure residents that Essex County Council continues to be fully prepared for icy winter conditions with more than sufficient supplies of gritting salt for the bad weather.

During the third week of December the equivalent of 42,000 miles of road was treated over five days, using several thousand of tonnes of salt.

In February 2009 there was a nationwide shortage of gritting salt, caused by national problems with supplies from the UK’s biggest salt mine.

The county council would like to confirm that this has not occurred in December and Essex remains well resourced to keep Essex moving in the worst of conditions.