Local pressure forces council U-turn on winter gritting cuts

Local Lib Dems Nick Clegg MP and Cllr Joe Otten have welcomed a partial U-turn by Labour council bosses over their plans to stop gritting local roads. 

Following a campaign by Nick Clegg MP and local residents, which included a 1,500 strong petition, the Council have revised their proposals which will see 141 streets win a reprieve.

However, the Council still propose to stop gritting dozens of other local roads, to remove many grit bins and cease the volunteer Snow Warden scheme.

Nick Clegg MP said, “I was particularly disappointed when the Council first published their proposals to decimate the gritting service in West Sheffield, which would have caused misery for thousands of people trying to get around during bad weather.

“Labour councillors claimed that they had no choice but to stop gritting these roads, but we knew all along that this wasn’t true. Instead of cutting the gritting service they should be collecting some of the £39m that is owed in outstanding Council Tax bills.”

Lib Dem spokesperson for the Environment Cllr Joe Otten said, “I’d like to thank the hundreds of people in Sheffield and who signed our petition - if we can help any further, please get in touch.” 

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