Well, I'm pleased to say, that by using a little bit of initiative, the experience of knowing how Frodsham's winter gritting scheme is working and the leverage that the CWaC Members' Grants give I think I've sorted the problem. I've authorised the purchase of a hand held gritter.
If you are into specifications it is a Turbocast 300 - it comes highly recommended by CWaC's own staff. The Helsby High School caretaker it reportedly 'absolutely delighted!'
When Cllr Les Ford (Helsby) and Cllr Lynn Riley (my own co-colleague in Frodsham) heard of my initiative they immediately volunteered to 'share the cost' out of their grants budget too.
The kit costs around £1,000 - hopefully an investment that will last many many years. I am absolutely delighted that I've been able to help the High School help themselves and to make the school grounds a little safer in wintry conditions. Lets hope it arrives before the next wintery snap.