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Last chance to have say on Sheffield gritting cuts

Gritters ready to hit the roads of Sheffield are prepared at the Olive Grove Road depot as snow is forecast for the weekend

Gritters ready to hit the roads of Sheffield are prepared at the Olive Grove Road depot as snow is forecast for the weekend

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing plans to cut the number of roads gritted before snow in Sheffield.

Today marks the last day residents can have a say on the winter maintenance review – which could also relocate or remove grit bins and halt the recruitment of volunteer snow wardens.

Opposition councillors have been speaking to residents in Fulwood, Mayfield Valley and around Dore Road about the plans, which affect 100 miles of road mainly in the west and rural areas of the city and aim to save £100,000 a year.

Primary routes will not be affected and 41 per cent of the road network will still be gritted - compared to 50 per cent gritted now.

Sheffield Liberal Democrat leader Colin Ross told The Star after the party submitted the petition: “People cannot see the sense in this plan. It’s not cost efficient because it could be a measure that turns out to be more expensive in the long run.”

Bradfield resident Christine Register said some roads in the parish will be affected and a local petition had been started.

She added: “This is ludicrous as I cannot contemplate the dangers this will cause for Bradfield, the surrounding areas and business like farmers and children getting to school.”

The council says reducing precautionary gritting routes is required to meet drastic budget cuts.

Roads near schools and public facilities or that meet other key criteria will not be affected.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said 800 responses had been received and they would now be reviewed over the next few weeks.

“We are going to see if we have got the criteria right and I think broadly people think we have. I am sure we will be making some changes based on the responses.

“The reduction is being kept as small as possible.

“It’s not as if we only have to find this one bit of money – we have to save it across the council.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter before 5pm.

 

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