KIND-HEARTED volunteers kept residents moving during icy conditions by gritting pavements.

About 12 helpers took to the streets of Manningtree to salt pavements in the town centre this week.

One tonne of salt was delivered to the town at the beginning of winter and about half of that has been used during icy conditions this season.

Michael Dew, who organises the salt reserves, also took up Essex County Council’s winter salt bag scheme in 2010 and 2011 to help residents walk with ease around the town.

He said: “The volunteers have all done their bit and the place is clear.

“I am very pleased with what they have done, the system is working.”

The three salt bins in Manningtree have been topped up as part of the process.