The council’s strategy was unclear, grit bins were not sufficiently refilled, and the snow’s dry and powdery texture made it difficult to clear, an independent Snow Report has revealed.

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The report, carried out by a management and transport consultant, critiqued Cardiff Council’s handling of the snow in December, and made recommendations for the future.

The report, written by Brian Smith, was published on Friday, and examined both the planning and the recovery period.

The report described the snow, which blanketed parts of Cardiff with up to 20 centimeters, as “very dry… quite powdery, with a low moisture content, meaning the salt pre-treatment did not have the usual effect in readily turning the snow into slush.” It also maintained that heavy traffic coupled with these conditions made it difficult to use snow ploughs effectively.

Read the article in full at The Cardiffian