AS temperatures plummeted across Uttoxeter and covered the town in a blanket of snow, residents in one street were given a helping hand to get about.
As the residents of Hamilton Avenue expected winter conditions only to get worse, with pavements and exposed flat surfaces likely to become treacherous, leading independent tool suppliers Jones and Clark stepped forward with an offer of all-important rock salt.
Neighbours, 74-year-old Marjorie Tompkinson, and Barbara Caswell, aged 80, were delighted to see the delivery of rock salt by Stephen Wood, of Jones and Clark.
Without too much encouragement the two elderly neighbours, who are both long-time residents of Uttoxeter, came out to assist even though the mercury was showing -3°C.
Pam Bowley, senior housing officer who manages the Uttoxeter area office for Trent and Dove, who developed the street said the donation was very generous and made it easier for the tenants.
She said “The donation of the rock salt by Jones and Clark is a wonderful gesture and certainly spot-on time-wise.
“This ready supply will make it much easier for the tenants to keep their paths clear when the bad weather arrives and help them stay that way, too.”
The snow last week left the residents of Uttoxeter struggling with dangerous roads and unable to get to the shops but it was a different story for the town’s children who took to their sledges to enjoy the seasonal weather.
Steve Dyche, operations manager at Jones and Clark, said the salt works by causing the snow to melt.
He said: “Rock salt works by immediately lowering the freezing point of water which means the ice and snow begins to melt.
“On a pavement where the temperature is 30°F (-1° C), just one pound of rock salt melts 46 pounds (21 Kg) of ice.
“It’s highly effective and our proven method. The initial ice-melting reaction begins almost immediately when the salt is applied.”
Jones and Clark’s new extended trade counter, expanded display area and new mezzanine floor with its latest Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) display at Northside Industrial Estate, in nearby Burton, is proving a great success with customers.
A full range protective wear, de-icers, and even sledges are available to get the most out of the snow if it makes its return this year or to prepare for next year.
Hamilton Avenue was developed by Trent and Dove Housing Association, which is based in Burton, in 2006.
It offers homes, houses, apartments and bungalows for families, younger people, and older people.