Council Gritting U-Turn
Written by RADio Newsdesk on February 7, 2019
Article Published on Thursday February 7, 2019 3:13 PM by RADio Newsdesk
- Daventry News - Council Gritting U-Turn
Northamptonshire County Council have announced a U-turn on it’s controversial October 2018 decision to stop gritting 497 roads across the county including many across the Daventry District.
The original move was in a bid to save £475,000 – however the council maintained that the roads would receive treatment in the event of unexpected snow, but not for forecasts of ice.
The U-turn has come about after a petition attracting over 3000 signatures and a high-profile accident involving a pregnant woman on an untreated road shocked the council into a u-turn.
District Councils will be expected to contribute additional funds.
Northamptonshire County Council along with seven other borough and district councils are due to be scrapped in 2020 to be replaced by two new unitary authorities.
Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment Cllr Ian Morris said: “We have listened closely to the feedback we have received and I am delighted that we are able to act on it. Our increasingly stabilised financial position alongside the invaluable assistance of our partner Northampton Borough Council means we are able to put extra money into the service to make improvements.”
Conservative council leader Matt Golby said he had listened to the “clear message coming through” in addition to confirming that the gritting network would return to previous levels “as near as damn it”, “We don’t always have the luxury to be able to do that,” and “This is down to the fact that there has been a hell of a lot of hard work dealing with the massive budgetary challenge.”
Labour councillor Gareth Eales said it was a “victory for common sense” and “However, I cannot possibly tolerate the spinning of this U-turn as a friendly or charitable gesture on the part of the Conservative council”. in addition to “The cuts to winter gritting were made only in October, despite mass opposition.”
Jo Mumford, who set up the petition said she was “pleased the council have finally listened” and “A safe passage on our road network is a legal minimum expectation,”
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