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Snow chaos scrutinised by West Sussex County Council

Aircraft on the runway at Gatwick during the snow in January 2010
In January flights from Gatwick airport were cancelled and delayed

The way in which the authorities handled this winter's heavy snow in West Sussex is being scrutinised.

A "snow summit" is being held at County Hall in Chichester looking at the way the public and voluntary services coped with the severe conditions.

Representatives from schools, the emergency services, the NHS and Gatwick Airport, as well as parish councils and the Environment Agency are attending.

The event is being webcast so that people can watch the discussion.

In January flights from Gatwick airport were cancelled and delayed, while rail and road journeys faced serious disruption.

Hundreds of schools were also closed, forcing thousands of parents to miss work to look after their children.

'Scope for improvement'

Henry Smith, council leader, said: "It is natural that gritting, the Government's salt cell restrictions on local authorities, and arrangements for clearing snow and ice will feature heavily on the agenda.

"However, the weather also created many other problems and issues - hence the very wide ranging list of organisations being invited to take part.

"This will be an opportunity to look at what worked well and where there is scope for improvement in the future."

A detailed report will be published and made public after the summit.

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