Gritting views are sought

EREWASH residents are being asked for their views about proposed changes to the way Derbyshire County Council grits its roads in winter.

Last year the county council spent £4.5m on gritting and clearing snow from roads but residents were angry that many smaller roads around the borough were not gritted at all.

This year the authority wants to split its gritting route into two categories – primary and secondary – to make gritting easier to manage, help prevent overspending and clear snow from more roads.

It also wants to add a third category – tertiary – to clear snow from some roads, which are not currently on the gritting network.

Deputy leader Cllr Simon Spencer said: “Last year we overspent on gritting and snow clearance by £1 million.

“This year there’s £4.5 million available but we can’t afford to overspend again.”

Residents are being asked to comment on the plans to introduce a system of primary, secondary and tertiary routes by filling in the questionnaire available online at or from libraries. All response must be in by October 12.

Maps showing how the gritting routes might look can be viewed by visiting the above website.