Public help save gritting service on 141 Sheffield roads

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People power has prompted a council U-turn – and saved winter gritting services on more than 140 Sheffield roads.

More than 1,000 city residents responded to a council consultation on cuts to the service, originally intended to reduce the number of precautionary gritting routes from 720 miles to 610. A further 1,500 opponents signed a petition. Now Sheffield Council has revised its plans, reinstating roads on school bus routes and those classed as ‘western access’ for traffic heading to Manchester Road.

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Roads reprieved include Hagg Hill in Crosspool, Hangingwater Road in Nether Green, Kent Road in Meersbrook, Mortimer Road in Bradfield, and Stafford Road at Norfolk Park.

Steep streets with a gradient of 10 per cent or more have also been put back into the gritting routes. It had been intended only roads that carried more than 3,000 cars a day, and with a gradient of over 20 per cent, would be included.

A total of 141 roads have been replaced on gritting routes.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for streetscene, said: “We are making real changes to the original proposals, based on the responses we received.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the changes represented a partial ‘U-turn’ by the Labour council.

“Sheffield’s Labour councillors claimed they had no choice but to stop gritting these roads, but we knew all along that wasn’t true,” said Mr Clegg. “I’m pleased at least some residents have gained a reprieve.”

As originally planned, top priority roads – which cover main arterial links and the busiest routes across the city – and snow clearance work will not be affected.

The amended proposals are expected to be given the go-ahead by the council’s Highways Cabinet Committee next Friday, August 29.

But the changes still mean many roads will go without precautionary treatment as the council looks to save £100,000 from its budget.

And 14 extra roads have been selected additionally to lose precautionary gritting. They include Meersbrook Park Road, Verdon Street in Pitsmoor, Twentywell Road at Bradway and Raisen Hall Road in Longley.

Around 59 per cent of Sheffield’s road network is currently gritted as a precaution. In future 51 per cent of roads will be served – one per cent up on the originally proposed 50 per cent.

A report said the number of people affected by the removal of precautionary gritting routes is ‘low’.

But it added: “Some may need to change their routes to travel on gritted roads.”

Coun Scott said: “We received some very detailed responses from the public to our consultation. We have made every effort to listen.

“If these recommendations are accepted, Sheffield would still provide the highest level of winter maintenance service of local authorities across the country – including areas with a similar topography to Sheffield.”

Major bus routes and roads with a main entrance to a school, doctor’s surgery or other public facility will retain their services.

But changes will be made to the number of grit bins, and no new snow wardens will be recruited for future years.

Roads being saved:

Acre Lane

Alderson Road

Annet Lane

Back Lane

Beeton Green

Bent Hills Lane

Bingley Lane

Blackbrook Drive

Blackbrook Road

Bole Hill

Bolsterstone Road

Brightholmlee Road

Brightholmlee Lane

Broomgrove Road

Brown House Lane

Button Row

Carr House Lane

Carrfield Street

Carsick Hill Road

Chapel Street

Cherry Tree Road

Clough Lane

Coldwell Lane

Colister Drive

Common Lane

Corker Lane

Cottage Lane

Dale Road

Delf Road

Dore Road

Duke Street

Edale Road

Edward Street

Everingham Road

Fairhurst Lane

Fitzwalter Road

Game Lane

Gerard Street

Gladstone Road

Gleadless Road

Graham Road

Green Lane

Greno Crescent

Hagg Hill

Hangingwater Road

Halsall Avenue

Heeley Bank Road

Herries Place

Hickmott Road


Hoar Stones Road

Holdworth Lane

Hollins Lane

Hopwood Lane

Huntley Road

Ivy Park Road

Jack Lane

James Street

Johnson Street

Jumble Lane

Kent Road

Kenwood Bank

Kenwood Park Road

Kirk Edge Road

Lane Head

Leader Road

Lee Moor Lane

Lodge Lane

Long Lane

Loicher Lane

Lumb Lane

Maltravers Terrace

Mickley Lane

Midhill Road

Midhurst Road

Mill Lee Road

Minster Road

Moor Road

Morral Road

More Hall Lane

Mortimer Road

New Mill Bank

Oakbrook Road

Oakland Road

Onesacre Road

Onesmoor Road

Osborne Road

Oughtibridge Lane

Park Lane

Peat Pitts Lane

Poole Road

Primrose Drive

Priory Road

Quarry Hill

Quiet Lane

Ughill Road

Union Road

Rails Road

Raynor Syke Lane

Riverdale Road

Rochester Drive

Rochester Road

Rod Side

Rowell Lane

School Green Lane

Selborne Road

Sidling Hollow

Skew Hill Lane

Snaithing Lane

Springfield Avenue

Southey Hill

Stephen Hill

Station Lane

Storrs Lane

St Andrew’s Road

St Quentin Drive

Stafford Road

Station Road

Stumperlow Crescent Road

Sunny Bank Road

Taplin Road

Tetney Road

Thompson House Green

Thorn House Lane

Tinker Bottom

Victoria Street

Watt Lane

West Lane

Wood Road

Woodhead Road

Woodholm Road

Worcester Road

Windy Bank

Whites Lane

Yew Trees Lane

Additional roads to lose services:

Argyle Road

Birley Moor Drive

Broomhall Road

Carlisle Street

Kilner Way

Meersbrook Park Road

Park Grange Mount

Park Grange View

Raisen Hall Road

Samuel Road

Spital Street

Twentywell Road

Verdon Street

Victoria Road