Think about grit

SNOW joke. It seems preposterous to me, the implementation of the gritting.

Months of planning, stockpiling and concerned faces about when the weather was going to hit, and I feel that they fumbled it.

Malvern Hills District Council did a fine job of the main roads.

Beautifully clear.

As a cyclist, I was pleased with it.

But there is one pressing issue as a council tax payer I must raise...the fact that you couldn’t get to your vehicle safely, let alone pull out to get to the main road safely.

There is an answer to this.

Placing public access grit boxes near all the roads they feel they cannot reach with their trucks. And Festival Housing should liaise on this matter, and muck in, too!

There is no argument.

There is liability towards public safety, yet the pavements get missed.

And what do you think you need to walk on when the side road is impassable?

Communities need to pull together in these times.

But that does not excuse the council’s ridiculous half-a-job.

In places, the ramp caused on junction roads to main roads was six inches, mainly ice, in most cases, downhill.

What did they think would happen?

LEE SMITH Poolbrook

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10:31am Mon 4 Feb 13

Martin Lawrence, Group Coordinator Malvern Town Neighbourhood Watch says...

Lee Smith's letter 'Think about grit' regarding public access grit was understandably written with passion.

Poolbrook Neighbourhood Watch raised a public petition a year ago appealing for a grit/salt bin for that bit of the road (and pavement) serving our shops and adjoining residential homes, this one way street runs downhill and has a very pronounced camber in which cars were annually trapped when snow arrives.

Worcestershire CC Highways wrote back to explain that there is NOT a legal requirement for them in this regard, Poolbrook road (the main thoroughfare) is in a priority gritting route, this, they felt was sufficient.

The frightening truth is that all councils, emergency services and governing bodies are broke, there is no spare cash anywhere.

The only hope that we have of getting these bins and the salt/grit is to club together and buy them ourselves.

This is an important safety issue and therefore of interest to myself, Group Coordinator for Malvern Town Neighbourhood Watch; anyone that would like to contribute to a grit bin for their road should let me know this, we can see where there is sufficient concern that causes shops, businesses and residents to put hands in pockets, we can then set about preparing for the next deluge of snow or ice.

Unfortunately, out of 592 streets in our town, we only have 65 Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators, please take a look at the following web page and decide who in your street/road would like to Coordinate safety concerns on behalf of their neighbours; you could even raise a hand if you would like to be a member, supported by a Coordinator (where we have one): http://www.theoctago
n.org.uk/page5.php

Martin Lawrence
Poolbrook Road, Malvern
Lee Smith's letter 'Think about grit' regarding public access grit was understandably written with passion. Poolbrook Neighbourhood Watch raised a public petition a year ago appealing for a grit/salt bin for that bit of the road (and pavement) serving our shops and adjoining residential homes, this one way street runs downhill and has a very pronounced camber in which cars were annually trapped when snow arrives. Worcestershire CC Highways wrote back to explain that there is NOT a legal requirement for them in this regard, Poolbrook road (the main thoroughfare) is in a priority gritting route, this, they felt was sufficient. The frightening truth is that all councils, emergency services and governing bodies are broke, there is no spare cash anywhere. The only hope that we have of getting these bins and the salt/grit is to club together and buy them ourselves. This is an important safety issue and therefore of interest to myself, Group Coordinator for Malvern Town Neighbourhood Watch; anyone that would like to contribute to a grit bin for their road should let me know this, we can see where there is sufficient concern that causes shops, businesses and residents to put hands in pockets, we can then set about preparing for the next deluge of snow or ice. Unfortunately, out of 592 streets in our town, we only have 65 Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators, please take a look at the following web page and decide who in your street/road would like to Coordinate safety concerns on behalf of their neighbours; you could even raise a hand if you would like to be a member, supported by a Coordinator (where we have one): http://www.theoctago n.org.uk/page5.php Martin Lawrence Poolbrook Road, Malvern Martin Lawrence, Group Coordinator Malvern Town Neighbourhood Watch
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