Petition to bring back Sheffield grit bins

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A petition calling for axed grit bins to be reinstated across Sheffield was handed in to councillors as snow disruption continues.

The document, signed by more than 120 people today, was organised by opposition Liberal Democrat members and presented at the town hall during a full council meeting.

Bins on Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield which have not been collected due to the snowy coniditions. Picture: Andrew Roe

Bins on Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield which have not been collected due to the snowy coniditions. Picture: Andrew Roe

It is the latest pressure on the council over its controversial winter service cuts.

There has already been a U-turn on cutting the number of roads gritted before snow and a ‘review’ of services is underway.

Harry Matthews, who presented the petition, spoke of how many people were ‘concerned’ about the loss of grit bins and had not been informed that they were to go,

On the decision to stop recruiting community snow wardens, he said: “It’s a bit like sending someone out to bat without a cricket bat and expecting them to hit a six.”

Snow warden Alison Sword, speaking from the public gallery, asked when wardens would be reinstated.

She said: “We understand that the gritters can’t go to every side street in Sheffield but we were prepared to do our bit. This year it has been an absolute mess.”

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment, said the warden scheme had not been abolished.

In response to the petition she said: “As you know I will be doing a winter review which has started and that will be part of the review.”

She also said she took the matter ‘very seriously’, adding: “Only four days after seeing what had happened I reversed the gritting routes.”

Meanwhile residents across Sheffield were today still waiting for their blue recycling bins to be emptied - almost two weeks after snow fell on Boxing Day and a week after it melted.

Veolia said that a ‘small amount’ of bins remained uncollected but residents in Beighton, Charnock, Ecclesall, Woodseats, Bents Green, S60 and S12 told The Star their bins remained bulging. In Rotherham a bin backlog is not expected to be completed until the end of this week.

A Veolia spokesman said: “We apologise for the delay to collections and would like to thank residents for their patience as we caught up following the snow and icy conditions last week.

“The majority of outstanding collections have now been completed, with a small number of blue bins/boxes in isolated areas that are being completed today.

“We carry out over 16 million collections each year, which can unfortunately mean some bins get missed.

“We have always, and will continue to return to properties to collect bins that we have missed in error.

“If residents feel they have been missed then please contact us on 0114 2734567, and we will arrange for your bin and/or box to be collected.”