‘Cock-eyed’ removal of Sheffield grit bins under fire at council debate

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Opposition councillors have hit out at the ‘cock-eyed’ removal of dozens of grit bins around Sheffield.

The issue was raised this afternoon during a debate on next year’s Sheffield Council budget.

The council removed dozens of grit bins from around the city as part of a winter review - prompting a petition organised by Liberal Democrat councillors.

Coun Colin Ross, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, said: “Of all the cock-eyed decisions that have ever been made, this must have been one of the most inefficient.”

The removal of the grit bins was also criticised by UKIP councillor John Booker.

He said he had been told the council was going to Scotland to find out how they deal with snow and ice - but claimed such a trip would be unnecessary.

“Bring back the 96 grit bins that you’ve taken away, that will solve the problem,” he said.

Labour councillors said earlier in today’s meeting that tough decisions had been forced on them by Government spending cuts.

Coun Ben Curran said: “It cannot be right Sheffield and others like it are facing deeper cuts than wealthier southern authorities.

“Are we all in this together? No.”

Proposals currently being debate include a council tax increase of 1.99 per cent.

Cuts of £63m are also set to be agreed - including around 100 job losses, contract reviews, cuts to services and an increase in some charges paid by the public.