Cuts to Sheffield gritting ‘recipe for disaster’

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Councils should have an ‘increased focus’ on winter gritting rather than reducing the service, as is set to happen in Sheffield, a specialist firm has said.

Council changes will affect 100 miles of Sheffield roads, although not primary routes, to save £100,000 a year due to Government cuts.

But Mark Lopez, managing director of De-Ice - a supplier of gritting and snow clearance services across the UK - said he backed campaigns to keep the rural areas of the city from losing gritting.

“We only need to look at recent winters and the chaos caused as a result of failure to properly grit,” he said. “Cutting winter budgets, and reducing the number of roads treated, is a recipe for disaster.”

A council meeting on August 29 will decide the plans.