HATs are always a good idea in cold weather, but it’s thinking caps which East Sussex County Council hopes children will put on over the next few weeks.
Youngsters are being invited to dream up names for 23 gritting lorries used by the council to keep roads clear of ice and snow.
A 24th machine has already been named “Blades of Glory”, but the rest of the fleet is still looking for individual identities.
Competition entrants who come up with a winning name will be visited by “their” gritter and its crew, and its name will be painted on as part of its livery.
Suggestions can be sent in by individuals, school classes or indeed the whole school. They should include the name they have thought of, together with the name and address of their school, and the class or child’s name if relevant.
Entries can be sent by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Paul Smith , S4G, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1UE. The closing date is Monday, January 14, 2013.
Winning schools will be contacted to arrange a visit from the gritter that their pupils have named.
Cllr Carl Maynard, lead cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “I’m very much looking forward to seeing the suggestions for gritter names from schoolchildren across East Sussex.
“The more creative they are, the better!”
Meanwhile, the county council is well prepared for the possibility of severe winter weather and has 10,000 tonnes of rock salt stockpiled in depots ready for the gritters to use.
Whenever icy conditions are forecast, they treat 840 miles of top priority roads in East Sussex, with a further 130 miles of secondary roads if snow is expected, in an effort to keep traffic moving.