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Farmers and contractors winter maintenance scheme

Watch our short video clip to learn about how farmers help out during bad weather on top of their day job.

Ralph Godber has been on standby to help clear snow and ice from local roads for the last 7 years.

Take a look at this clip to find out more about how farmers and other contractors help us deal with winter weather in their local community.

We have a network of farmers and contractors with ploughing or gritting equipment who help us clear snow.

If you're a farmer or contractor with ploughing or gritting equipment, we want to hear from you.

Every contractor signed up will get a minimum payment of £250 − even if it doesn't snow.

Winter maintenance requirements


You'll need to use your own snow clearing equipment.

Hours of work

Normal working hours would be daylight hours from Monday to Sunday.

The contract would run from 1 October 2023 to 30 April 2024.


Please make sure you have the appropriate insurance in place.


We'd like you to help us remove snow from our roads during ‘snow events’ and provide the service within 90 minutes of a call-out. We'll let you know which roads we'd like you to clear, and we'll pay you for any work you carry out. Your contribution could really help your local community.


To find out more about the scheme, or if you'd like to apply to join it, email: or phone: 01629 532302.

We’ll send you an application form so you can let us know about the type of equipment you have, insurance details, your hourly rate of payment, and how quickly you could respond to requests for help.

Your details will be compared with any other quotations we receive based on your insurance, equipment, hire rates, availability, location, the minimum amount of time you'd be prepared to work and how quickly you could respond to calls for help.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 September 2023.

We'll contact you at the end of September to let you know if your application has been successful.