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Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to use grit bins responsibly

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to use grit bins responsibly as the area battle with winter conditions.

Around 1,200 grit bins across Staffordshire were filled prior to the onset of the severe weather.

Since then there have been some reports of thefts from bins and one was even drilled and padlocked by a member of the public.

County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways said:

“The bins are for community use and are there to help with pavements and side roads where our gritters and hand-spreading teams don’t routinely reach. They are not for private drives and they are not so that people can help themselves to a personal hoard. If we have sufficient evidence we will consider reporting theft to the police.

“Modest use will help keep most pavements safe. The contents of the bins should last for weeks even in the most severe weather.

“In one case we have had a report of a grit bin that was drilled and padlocked. This may have been a well-intentioned attempt to prevent theft, but denied use of the bin to anyone but the key holder. The lock was removed as soon as it was reported.”

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