by Ian Yuill on 24 December, 2017
After people’s experiences during the recent cold weather, with many pavements left ungritted days after snow fell, I believe there must be a full review of the council’s pavement and road gritting operations.
Throughout the cold spell I was contacted by residents who were annoyed that pavements were very icy with no sign that they had ever been gritted. This included pavements on residential side roads and main routes such as Great Western Road, Broomhill Road and Holburn Street. Several people told me they felt trappws in thir own homes whilst others told me they had been hurt after slipping and falling.
I urged council staff to grit each of the icy pavements about which people contacted me. I also contacted the senior manager responsible for gritting and snow clearing asking why it is taking so long to grit / salt pavements when there has not been any real snowfall for several days.
One of the biggest limitations on how quickly the council staff can treat roads and pavements is the amount of snow clearing equipment that the council has. This is a particular problem for treating pavements where the council has only a limited amount of equipment. My view is that the council should invest in more pavement gritters / ploughs so that it can more quickly spread grit/salt on pavements in cold weather. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have proposed just that on a number of occasions in recent years but sadly Conservative, Labour and SNP councillors have consistently rejected our proposals.
My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will continue to make the case for more investment in pavement gritters / ploughs so that icy pavements can be gritted and cleared of snow and icy more quickly in future.15 Comments