Council’s gritting gets the thumbs up

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Changes to the way the council gritted roads last year have been hailed a success.

The conclusion was reached after Derbyshire County Council carried out a review into its practice.

Cllr Simon Spencer, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “During bad and prolonged winter weather, it was extremely difficult to provide an effective gritting service under the old system of gritting routes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“That’s why we split our gritting routes into two categories and introduced a third to make gritting our roads easier to manage by making better use of staff and equipment to grit and clear snow from more of Derbyshire’s roads.”

All town and parish councils were asked for their views and 85 per cent said the level of gritting and snow clearance by the council had either improved or remained the same last winter compared to previous winters.

Some concerns were raised about particular roads being placed on secondary routes which are only treated in the day, instead of primary routes which are treated day and night and pre–treated where necessary.