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York Gritting Cuts Get The Go-Ahead

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8:20am 22nd October 2013

A bid to stop cuts to the number of roads which are gritted in York has failed.

A thousand people signed a petition against the plans which would save the city council sixty-thousand pounds a year.

Lib Dem opposition Councillor Ann Reid says nearly thirty miles of road will now not be gritted this winter.

“Labour run City of York Council will cut two-thirds of salt bins and remove nearly 30 miles of roads from priority gritting routes, including on bus routes. It is another cut to basic frontline services in York and will hit many residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. Over 1,000 residents have signed a Liberal Democrat petition against the plans – which shows the extent of local opposition.  Local residents tell me they want the Labour Council to focus on delivering basic frontline services like gritting and salt bins. However, while Labour find money to buy an Arts Barge and increase the pay of senior staff they are cutting basic services for taxpayers”.

But Labour cabinet member David Levene says safety is the number one priority.


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