Grit bins removed and wardens frozen

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Hundreds of grit bins across Sheffield could be removed or relocated under the winter maintenance service review.

There are currently 2,000 grit bins in the city – but the council says some are rarely used or in the wrong place and refilling them is a ‘significant cost’.

Around 200 of the bins are set to be removed entirely, with another 200 moved to locations shown to be more in need, under the proposals.

Coun Jack Scott said: “There is a significant cost to filling 2,000 grit bins so it is really important we get them in the right place.

“The last thing we want is bins that aren’t used.”

The cost of removing bins would be a ‘one off’, he added.

Grit bins that do not meet at least two of nine criteria points – such as being on a junction, in an isolated area, near a school or on a road with a steep gradient – will be removed.

Coun Scott added: “We have to question if there is a grit bin in a part of the city that doesn’t meet these criteria, why is it there?”

The council also plans to stop recruiting any more snow wardens, community volunteers who receive training and equipment so they can help out in their area when bad weather strikes.

They were first recruited in 2010 after the worst winter weather for three decades hit Sheffield.

There are now 500 wardens spread across Sheffield, which the council believes is ‘sufficient’. The cost of training and equipment will also be saved.

The current network of snow wardens will be encouraged to continue their roles, but will not be replaced if they decide to stop lending a hand.