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Gritting routes are cut back for Chorleywood

posted 21 Oct 2010, 00:40 by Chorleywood Residents' Association   [ updated 21 Oct 2010, 00:54 ]
The Highways authority - Hertfordshire County Council has two schemes for gritting
  • the preferred scheme includes gritting all main roads, bus routes and routes to schools
  • the reduced scheme, operates if money is short or salt stocks are low, only the A404 is gritted.
Well with winter fast approaching, one of our local District Councillors Martin Trevett has called together a working group of councillors from across Three Rivers to discuss the County Councils winter maintenance programme and make suggestions.

The working group has been informed by the County that because of financial pressures and continuing salt supply problems the County will be operating its reduced scheme for the foreseeable future, under this situation only the reduced scheme for gritting would operate, i.e. no roads in Chorleywood would be gritted except the A404.

The Councillors working party felt this was completely unacceptable and that while we well understand the financial situation at least one route into and out of the village (i.e. Common Road, Station Approach, Shire Lane, Heronsgate Road and Long Lane) should receive treatment, this has been conveyed to County and we await their response.

The Councillors working group has also suggested sites for extra salt bins and areas for priority pavement clearing, such as around the shops and old peoples bungalows etc.

The Residents' Association has engaged with Martin Trevett, and we will be making our own representations to Hertfordshire County Council to try and ensure that we can get one route through the village gritted on a regular basis when gritting is required. Residents are advised to take extra care on roads within Chorleywood when it is frosty and icy, and they should assume that gritting may not have taken place.

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