Concerns at Sheffield gritting changes

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Green councillors say they are concerned at plans to relocate or remove grit bins across Sheffield.

Consultation on the winter maintenance review - which would also see 100 fewer miles of Sheffield roads gritted, and the recruitment of snow wardens ended to save £100,000 - has now finished.

A 1,000 strong petition against the proposals was submitted and the city’s Green party has also commented on the plans.

Coun Brian Webster said: “Sheffield Green Party believes the priority of the winter maintenance service should be to ensure that pedestrians and public transport can continue moving during periods of wintry weather.

“We welcome the inclusion of roads which form part of a major SYPTE bus route within the proposed criteria for the council’s Priority 2 precautionary gritting routes. “However, we are concerned that the proposals to remove some grit bins and to cease recruitment of snow wardens will remove two of the key ways in which local people who want to offer something to their community can work to keep their footways clear and safe during wintry weather.

“Removing these relatively cost-effective services risks making pedestrian travel more difficult and dangerous during these times.”

Responses to the consultation, which number around 800, will now be considered by the council.

Primary routes around Sheffield are not affected by the plans and 41 per cent of the road network will still be gritted.