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Sheffield man’s fight against gritting cuts

Dennis Frost has been campaigning against council cuts to the amount of roads that will get gritted in Sheffield during the winter months. He has pin-pointed the high areas in Sheffield on a map.

Dennis Frost has been campaigning against council cuts to the amount of roads that will get gritted in Sheffield during the winter months. He has pin-pointed the high areas in Sheffield on a map.

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

A grandad who launched a one-man campaign against cuts to gritting in Sheffield says a hard winter would mean ‘political suicide’ for councillors.

Dennis Frost has challenged Sheffield Council’s plans to reduce roads gritted in Sheffield by 100 miles – creating his own dossier of information.

He is calling for a rethink, saying high areas will suffer most and querying the methods the council used to come up with its list of roads to be removed – saying spots will be missed such as Long Lane in Crosspool and outside Grenoside Crematorium.

The increase in injuries caused by slips is one of his main concerns as he knows of occasions when snow affected emergency services .

The 83-year-old said: “There are many factors not taken into consideration.

“It would be political suicide if we get a bad winter.”

The council is also removing or relocating grit bins, as well as stopping the recruitment of volunteer snow wardens, to save £100,000 a year.

Primary routes will be unaffected.

Mr Frost said: “Removing grit bins too is like taking away nurses and then throwing away bandages so people can’t help themselves.”

A decision on the proposals is due on Friday, August 29.

Coun Jack Scott said he was ‘grateful’ Mr Frost had shared his views and they were being looked at, along with 800 other responses.

He said criteria points were ‘logical’ to protect bus routes and public services and it was a ‘difficult’ decision to meet budget cuts.

Snow clearing work will not be affected so roads will keep moving in bad winters.

He said: “We are going from gritting 59 per cent of roads to 51 per cent, so whole areas will not be cut off.

“This is a real consultation.

“We will make changes as a result of responses.”

 

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