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COUNCIL MAKE U-TURN ON WINTER GRITTING ROUTE CUTS


The Isle of Wight Council has responded to damning criticism on cuts to gritting routes across the Isle of Wight by deciding not to make any changes this winter afterall.

The authority had planned to reduce the number of roads treated in this year’s winter gritting service by 30. However, following careful consideration of public and stakeholder feedback, it will continue to grit the same roads as last year.

More than 40% of the Island’s total road network will once again be treated, as in previous years.

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Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for infrastructure and highways, said:

“We have listened and acted on the concerns of our residents to ensure we can maintain the widest range possible of safe connections between all of our major settlements this winter.

“Being clear about which routes provide this connectivity helps us to prioritise safety on the roads this winter and I am grateful for the feedback that has clarified how best we can achieve this for our communities wherever they are.”

Island Roads, which delivers the winter service on behalf of the council, typically runs the service from November until the end of March, however, the company began its close monitoring of the network conditions at the start of October to ensure that any abnormally cold spell could be responded to if required.

Delivery has also been taken of around 1,600 tonnes of salt, a comparable amount to previous years, in readiness for the winter season.

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Motorists are reminded to always drive according to the conditions. Just because a road has been gritted it doesn’t mean it is safe to drive at normal speeds in poor weather conditions.

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Martin
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Martin

Pity they don’t listen to other suggestions

Fedup
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Fedup

Wow, common sense taken over! Will this prevail? Don’t hold your breath could be fatal.

Isla White
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Isla White

Along with moving the dog ban consultation to January, this is in fact electioneering by the Conservative Party

Delyth
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Delyth

Thank goodness ! They’ve seen sense ! This could have been fatal ! Especially for two of the most accident prone routes out of the west Wight !

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