Grit more rural roads

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Grit more rural roads thumbnailCrucial role of grit boxes highlighted on the road out of Castlehill/Kirkview recently. WK52-AM-200

LOCAL politicians from across the political divide have united to call for a radical overhaul of Transport NI gritting policy after the chaos and disruption caused by the recent cold snap.
Numerous complaints were made about the state of pavements and rural roads across the area, left in a treacherous condition by black ice.
North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan, who said he was contacted by "hundreds of people" has called for over 15 roads to be considered for addition to gritting schedule.
While CC&G Cllr Darryl Wilson has called for an "urgent" change the "very restrictive" criteria governing how gritter lorry routes are established.
He also said that communities were "crying out for grit boxes to be placed in avenues, streets and estates around the Borough."
Currently there are 136 salt bins and approximately 1200 grit pile locations across the Ballymoney and Moyle areas.
Mr McGuigan said he completely understands some of the frustration people have with regard to the policy of winter gritting.
He said: "Without exaggeration I was contacted by hundreds of people as has my office and team of councillors about the winter gritting service."
"North Antrim is a rural constituency with lots of people living on roads off the main road network. The current policy of only gritting roads with 1500 vehicles per day no longer matches the expectations of people."
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