Gritting lorries ready to roll with new names
ALEXANDER The Gritt, Britta, Icy, Sandie Streets and Gritty are all ready to roll to keep the roads of North East Lincolnshire clear over winter – complete with new names bestowed on them by children from schools in the borough.
The winners were presented with prizes as part of a competition held by North East Lincolnshire Council's development services regeneration partnership.
Earlier this year, staff visited local schools with one of the gritting machines to give the children experience of being close to the vehicle.
They learnt about the dangers of these large, heavy vehicles – such as blindspots to all sides, moving parts that could cause injury, and the dangers of playing around the lorries.
The school children named the vehicle by composing a small poem and colouring in a picture of the gritter.
An iPod Touch was presented to Heather Griffin, 9, Of Stallingborough CofE Primary School, as the overall winner with the name Alexander The Gritt.
Vouchers to the value of £25 were given to runners-up.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, NELC portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, said: "We have launched this year's winter maintenance plan and this competition is an excellent way to give children an insight into the dangers these types of vehicles could cause, especially in bad driving conditions."
For further information, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/winterservice