Sheffield Council to look at grit bin locations after flurry of complaints

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Sheffield Council is to look at the impact of relocating grit bins across the city after it received a flurry of complaints from residents.

Residents in Shirecliffe and Burncross have seen cars get trapped and people slip on icy roads after the removal of their neighbourhood grit bins as part of money-saving measures.

Carl Wajs, of Meadow Drive in Burncross, said: “The grit bin on our road has been there for 30 years - removing it has caused a lot of problems. We’ve had to push cars up the hill and people are falling over.”

Heavy snow and ice has caused disruption to bin and bus services since the weekend.

Grit bins were removed as part of a winter review to save £100,000.

The council has already reversed its decision to change priority two gritting routes after dozens of collisions last month.

Today the authority said there had been a ‘good level’ of buses, hospital sites had been kept in a good state and as the weather thawed the city ‘will soon be back to normal’.

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment, thanked people for their patience after the snowfall and freezing temperatures.

She added: “After every major event of this kind we look at how our services may be improved and how the city coped and we will do this next week. I am keen though not to make snap judgements that could be ineffective or waste public money.

“Every event of this kind is slightly different, but I have already adjusted the priority gritting routes to improve safety and keep traffic moving in the city.

“Looking at where grit bins are located has been raised with me and this will be part of what we look at to see what difference that might have made.

“I also want to know if more can be done with bus operators and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport to keep all services on the road.”

The council has previously said that it has been working ‘round the clock’ to keep the city moving.

More than 1,000 tonnes of salt has been used since Friday and a team of 18 gritters have been on the roads.

Coun Dunn added: “The latest snowfall arrived over the Christmas holiday period, so traffic was not as busy as normal which meant less disruption.

“This though also had the effect that the grit was not worked in to help melt the snow.

“We have though gritted throughout the period with all our resources.

“We are now facing the challenge of dealing with the snow that has been compacted into ice on side roads which, as most of us will have experienced, has made it almost like concrete.

“We are making progress with this, but the thaw will help us with this and make all roads passable.”