As previously reported by Island Echo, the Isle of Wight Council have cut a total of 30 roads from this year’s gritting schedule including Military Road, East Ashey Lane, Blacklands Lane and the main road through the villages of Newbridge and Wellow.
The Local Access Forum say that to omit Military Road is of particular concern given the various types of users on this stretch of road and its importance to the Rights of Way network. According to the LAF, the road is known to hold water and moisture during the winter months and has proven to be a major hazard to users if not gritted.
IW LAF representatives are critical of the methods used to compile the risk assessments on each road and will be looking for immediate feedback from users as a Statutory Advisory Body once the winter weather returns.
Gritting routes has been added to the agenda to December’s meeting of the LAF due to the significant impact on the Public Rights of Way network.