BARNSLEY Council is asking schoolchildren across the borough to name its 12 new gritters.

The council’s new gritters will be on standby 24/7 over the winter months.

They are cleaner and more sustainable as they meet the latest emissions standard.

They have additional safety features including camera mirrors which will help drivers reduce blind spots.

Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson fro environment and highways, said: “Our 12 new gritters will help us to keep Barnsley moving this winter.( “They will be highly visible on the roads across the borough, and we want to get as many young people as possible involved by naming them.

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“Good luck to all the schools who are entering the competition.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how creative you’ve all been.”

The deadline for entrants is November 7 and submissions can be sent on the council’s website.