True grit – problems with gritting on Wirral’s roads sorted by Con-Lib Dem Council
Recently my wife and I have been receiving a large number of complaints from local residents about no gritting being done on the icy stretch on Boundary Road between Worcester Road and Bidston Village Road. Strangely the stretch of Boundary Road between Worcester Road and Upton Road has always been done (which is on a different route).
As regular readers will know I was raising concerns about gritting back in October with Cabinet members.
I am pleased to report that since raising it with the Lib Dem spokesperson, Conservative Cabinet member for Streetscene and Transport (and the Director of Technical Services David Green), today this road (which has always been on the gritted route has been gritted).
In an email received from Cllr Lesley Rennie, Streetscene and Transport (which I hope she doesn’t mind me quoting) she wrote “please be assured that the additional measures that we have taken this year will ensure that Wirral’s roads are made safe for use during any cold snap. We also have assurances that the amount of salt that we store will be enough to fight any cold period. I am always convinced that we must have road safety at the top of our priority list.”
The additional measures I presume she refers to include extra salt (which we will need this year as the cold snap has started early), GPS tracking of gritters and other improvements. David Green was requested to produce a map of the gritting routes, if anyone knows where it is on Wirral Council’s website could they leave a link to it in the comments?
At this point I’d better point out I do live in Boundary Road. The list of gritting routes is here. This stretch of Boundary Road is on route 5 (purple).
Route 3 (Green) covers the other stretch of Boundary Road.