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Children from Winscombe and Sandford primary schools have been getting to grits with winter weather plans by naming North Somerset Council’s six new gritters.

The council teamed up with Skanska, its highways contractor, and asked the children to each draw a picture of a gritter and give it a name.

Cllr Ann Harley, ward member for Banwell and Winscombe, chose six names from over 250 entries. The winning names were:

  • Ice Cracker
  • Big Grit
  • Scoopy
  • Ice Destroyer
  • Mr G
  • Frosty

Cllr Harley said: “Over 250 entries were submitted by the children at the schools, which were chosen to take part due to their proximity to the highways depot. It was fantastic to get the children involved, and the winners had a wonderful time meeting Scoopy and Mr G in the playground!”.

Executive headteacher of both schools, Lin Williams, picked six winning pictures, with the winners also given the opportunity to meet the gritters.

She said: “This has been such a wonderful community project for the children. They have loved drawing the gritters and produced some excellent pictures. It was very hard to choose the winners. It has also helped the children to understand why gritters are so important in keeping our roads clear during the winter.”

The council’s gritters are on standby 24 hours a day throughout the winter period, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, to salt the main routes. Each gritter is fitted with a tracking system which provides information about its location, how much salt it has dispersed and how far it has travelled.

You can find out when Scoopy and friends will be out and about by following @NSgritters on Twitter.

Press release by North Somerset Council.

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