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Burntwood councillors criticise residents for personal use of grit bins during cold snap

Councillors in Burntwood have criticised residents who took grit for their own personal use during the recent freezing weather.

With only main routes gritted during the cold snap, many locals used public bins to help keep side routes clear.

But in a motion due to be delivered by the opposition Labour group at a meeting of Burntwood Town Council this week, some residents have been accused of misusing the grit stocks.

“We commend those local residents who have worked so hard over the recent period of severe weather to grit local roads on behalf of their neighbours from grit bins,” the Labour motion said.

“But we are also disappointed that some residents have been observed taking grit from bins for their personal use rather than for public benefit.”

The motion has urged the local authority’s Conservative leadership to enter into discussions with Staffordshire County Council in a bid to devolve the responsibility – and funding – so that Burntwood Town Council could look after the stocking of local grit bins.

The Labour group is also hoping to see a Burntwood Ice Busters scheme set up to support community volunteers who are keen to keep local streets clear during cold weather.

The motion will be heard at the meeting on Thursday (March 15).

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  1. Mike Sandwell

    12th March, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Our grit bin has been empty since the beginning of the December snow fall we had.
    It was used by me and a few others to assist all the people that got stuck, the grit bin doesn’t hold that much when the weather has been like we had
    No one had any chance to nick any to use for them self, still waiting to be filled back up

  2. Nodge

    13th March, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Like Mike, our grit bin was also empty after the early December snowfall. We live on a steep pedestrianised street in Lichfield and have a number of very elderly neighbours who are unable to leave their homes when the weather gets bad due to the ice on this street. A few of us more able residents get together to clear the path, but we were unable to grit it this time around because SCC had refused my polite request to refill the bin after the December ‘snowbomb’

    I have a feeling that people using grit for personal use are few and far between and it’s more likely the case that the grit has all been used up on pavements because SCC only refill during summer (their words, not mine!) – we’ve had a tough, long winter – not offering a refill during difficult seasons is just ridiculous.

  3. DPB

    13th March, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Burntwood council need to stop blaming empty grit bins on personal usage. Yes indeed some may take advantage but this winter has been one long saga of trying to get these bins refilled. Following the heavy snow Dec 16th and after raising numerous tickets, emails and phone calls to Staffs highways it was finally replenished just before this last cold snap 12 weeks later….not good enough.

  4. Steve

    13th March, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Mike and Nodge. Good on you.

    I am a disabled person, when the snow comes. I am pretty much stuck. If only there were more people like you.

  5. John Griffin

    15th March, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Both are true – not enough grit, and people taking it for personal use – I have witnessed this on two occasions where it was being shovelled into the back of a Range Rover and an Animal truck respectively. And yes, I did object and in both cases they stopped and drove off.
    Why not enough grit? Demise of the municipal stores which disappeared along with works, council employees doing snow clearance, buses etc – thanks to the Tories. Where I lived as a kid in Oldham, the (very sooty) snow was cleared within a day from all the main streets; since then Oldham has been cut off twice that I know of, the last this winter.