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York Council Accused Of Failing To Clear Footpaths of Snow


8:38am 15th January 2013
(Updated 8:39am 15th January 2013)

The city council in York is being accused of not doing enough to keep pavements free of ice. Opposition Liberal Democrats accuse the Labour council of not refilling 170 salt bins, despite snow yesterday.

Councillor Nigel Ayre says there are only two grit bins in his area of Heworth Without.


"Given yesterday’s snow and the forecast for this week, I have asked for empty salt bins to be refilled in Heworth Without. I have been informed by officers that the current weather does not warrant this. With temperatures due to reach -6 and more snow forecast for later in the week, this is a risky move by the Council. I am not sure how bad things have to get or how many residents need to fall over before they take action.


“The Council should have been helping residents to take pre-emptive measures on paths rather than wait for things to get even worse later in the week.”  


City of York Council say that there was slight snow showers yesterday, adding that there is a little snow forecast towards the weekend.


City of York Council say their gritters went out between 1pm and 4pm yesterday with a full treatment at 20g/m2. They add that they had tractors treating the city’s cycle paths and footpaths too.  York City Council say they have 2,700 tonnes of salt in stock and all teams for road gritting and footpath treatments are on duty or in reserve.


For more information about gritting and snow clearance, you can visit www.york.gov.uk/gritting or follow @YorkGritter on Twitter. You can also sign up to the council's ongoing Snow Warden campaign. Over 100 residents have now signed up to this campaign, to help clear local neighbourhoods of ice/snow during the winter months, say City of York Council. For more information or to sign up, visit http://www.york.gov.uk/transport/roads/gritting/snowwardens/ .

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