Concrete firm paralysed by icy roads

Published:  15 January, 2010

GARNANT, CARMARTHANSHIRE: Huw Thomas who runs a concrete block plant in Amman Valley denounced his local authority's preparations for bad weather as wholly inadequate.

Mr Thomas said: "If we'd had two or three weeks of frost you could understand the position we find ourselves in. But to be in this situation after just five days of low temperatures is totally scandalous as far as I'm concerned.

"The county council have been around every local builders' merchant and buying up every grain of salt themselves. This means that people who normally go to these places for their own supplies will now get none.

"I've not managed to move a concrete block out of my yard for the past couple of weeks," he said.

"The snow we had here in 1982 was far in excess of what we have now. Just because we've had four to six inches in the last few days shouldn't mean the end of the world," Mr Thomas said.

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