Bricket Wood councillor’s gritting plea

PUBLISHED: 11:59 14 December 2010

St Albans City and District Council

St Albans City and District Council

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BRICKET WOOD: A district councillor is encouraging people who live on steep hills to use the salt bins provided by the council during the icy weather to prevent accidents.

Cllr Sue Featherstone of Bricket Wood is concerned that residents are attempting to drive up and down steep hills that are covered with thick ice and not using the salt in the well-stocked bins, which are there for residents to use.

On Friday (December 3), Cllr Featherstone visited several areas in Bricket Wood and found that the majority of salt bins were as full as they had been when she’d checked them a week ago prior to the big freeze descending.

She said Birch Copse, which leads down onto Old Watford Road, was particularly perilous.

She said: “My concern is that drivers could slide down the road and onto the Old Watford Road and cause a serious accident. Children walk to school around here too and cars could slide into them.”

Whilst Cllr Featherstone acknowledges that many residents might not be able to get to the salt bins to check the area, she called upon those that were able to do so to spread the salt and reduce anxiety for many of their fellow residents.

While visiting Birch Copse and Broad Acre, Cllr Featherstone spread the grit herself and says it was a task that took less than half an hour.

She added: “I just want people that are living on a steep hill that have a full grit bin to know that it really will save them a lot of stress if they could spread some of it on their roads.

“It won’t take a lot of time but it will save a lot of worry.”

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