As well as a shiny new logo (see: ‘Wiltshire Council updates its logo – and loses its slogan‘) the Council has invested in a fleet of shiny new gritters. Just in time for the freezing winter conditions, and, whilst they have dropped ‘Where everybody matters’ as a catchphrase from the old Wiltshire Council logo, they are making sure that each of these new gritters does matter by giving them names.
Not just any name. No, you won’t get stuck behind a ‘Fred’ or ‘Alice’ gritter, rather it will be ‘Sir David Attenbrrr’, or ‘Anneka Ice’, or one of twenty two other names.
Inspired (probably?) by the recent ‘Boaty McBoatface’ naming saga for the Natural Environment Research Council’s new polar research ship, Wiltshire Council asked for suggestions from schools and residents as to what these gritters should be called.
Six chosen names were suggested by local schools and the remaining eighteen were taken from a shortlist of suggestions made by Wiltshire residents.
The names suggested by schools are:
- Nitty Gritty, by Greentrees Primary School, Salisbury
- Frosty the Gritter, by Sambourne School, Warminster
- Snowhenge, by Wellington Eagles Primary School, Ludgershall
- True Grit, by Holy Trinity Primary, Great Cheverell
- Brad Grit, by Hindon Primary School, Hindon, Salisbury
- Woodford’s Winter Warrior, by Woodford Valley Primary, Middle Woodford
Names chosen from the residents’ suggestions:
- Grit Me Baby One More Time
- Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
- Sir David Attenbrrrr
- Gritty Rascal
- Buzz Saltyear
- Licensed to Grit
- Snowood House
- Wiltshire Born and Spread
- Saul T Roads
- Ready Spready Go
- Thaw Enforcement
- Grit Happens
- Anneka Ice
- Arnold Schwarzegritter
- Usain Salt
- Spready Mercury
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It’s wonderful to have such a great variety of names for our gritters, from silly puns and slightly strange names, to names that play on famous people and names that represent Wiltshire. It is, of course, also great to have six Wiltshire schools represented in the 24 names.”
She added” “This competition was a bit of fun, but there is a serious point behind it – we have invested considerably in 24 new gritters to keep Wiltshire moving, and we salute the drivers who have to brave all weathers to help keep our roads safe. I’m looking forward to seeing the names on the gritters when they’re out and about treating roads throughout the county.”
Wiltshire Council has more than 11,000 tonnes of salt in stock strategically placed throughout the county at six storage sites, one of which is at the end of the Marlborough Business Park just off Salisbury Road.