The proposals did not go down well with the local NFU director, Bob Foster. He said: "Obviously our members are extremely concerned. They have businesses to run. The rural roads are the life line for farming and agricultural related businesses."Reuse content
As Britain suffered from Arctic winds and up to 15 inches of snow, Shropshire Council announced plans to slash its gritting budget by a fifth in 1996/7. This means that the council will be able to salt just 200 miles of the county's roads, compared with 1,200 miles this year. Chief engineer Mr Gary Glover said: "It will increase the danger to people using the roads, which the council recognises, but it's in such a terrible situation generally that it has opted to support schools and social services instead."