The human and monetary cost of not keeping roads in a safe order during snow and ice conditions is enormous.
Research has shown that for every £1 expended on winter road maintenance, about £8 is saved in the economy as a whole. (Thornes). And this takes no account of the potential for human tragedy.
A MORI poll survey indicated that over half the population would be prepared to pay more in their council tax to have their local routes salted.