Hampshire is prepared as cold weather is on the way

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has said it is ready to keep the county moving ahead of forecasted cold weather.

The council is reassuring people that it will help those people in need, as appropriate, particularly those who are vulnerable and the elderly.

Council leader councillor Ken Thornber, said: ‘While we are expecting it to get much colder across the county, according to the forecasts that we receive, the chances of snow in Hampshire this weekend are slim and sleet is more likely.

‘We are fully prepared however, and ready to keep the county moving in the event of snow fall and freezing conditions.

‘During severe weather events our Emergency Planning Unit coordinates the Council’s response, working closely around the clock with the emergency services, district councils and other partners.

‘We would also ask people to keep a neighbourly eye on older and vulnerable people that may live near to them.

‘This is especially important in rural communities where not everyone has access to mains gas and communications can be affected.’

To find out more about the emergency planning unit please visit hants.gov.uk/emergencyplanning.