Inevitably at this time of year questions are raised with my office about Durham County Council's Winter Maintenance Service which salts our main roads, maintains over 2,300 salt bins and clears roads following snowfall.
The Council starts the winter season with 42,000 tonnes of rock salt, has 37 large power gritters, 33 trailer gritters and 4 snow blowers, as well as further assistance from local farmers when necessary.
During an average winter the roads are salted 100 times and the full winter maintenance budget for 2015/16 is £5.3million. Salting all of the priority 1 routes costs £30,000 on each occasion and takes up to 2 hours (in normal conditions).
You can follow Durham County Council on Twitter (and follow the hashtag #twittergritterNE) to keep up to date with Durham County Council's winter roads service.