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Plans for new salt dome

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15th August 2018

Image of a gritterPlans to increase Powys County Council's ability to store road salt to meet Welsh Government requirements have been submitted to planners.

The county council is planning to invest around £600,000 at its Llangammarch Wells depot to build a new salt storage dome as part of plans to increase overall salt storage capacity in the county to 34,000 tonnes.

Currently the depot, which is a base for Highway Maintenance, Repairs, Vehicle Storage, Salt Storage and Salt Distribution, stores approximately 1,600 tonne in a prefabricated concrete building. The existing building will be demolished and replaced by a new dome store increasing capacity to around 7,500 tonnes.

Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Phyl Davies said; "The investment is part of the council's Winter Service Plan and will help meet plans to increase the overall holding capacity to 1.5 times the average use over a five-year period. In Powys' case the recommended salt stock level is 34,500 tonnes, we currently have capacity for some 23,000 tonnes.

"Our highway service provides winter maintenance for the county network as well as working on behalf of the Welsh Government's North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency, so having suitable, strategically position salt storage is essential."

The storage plans will be considered by the county council's planning committee later this year and if approved work on the site could start next spring.

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