HSE backing for gritting changes

DERBYSHIRE County Council (DCC) plans to change the way the county’s roads are gritted have been backed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A consultation on the authority’s proposals to split the county’s gritting routes into two, creating a primary and secondary network, closed yesterday (Wednesday). A third category is also proposed with local communities being encouraged to help clear paths and roads.

And the plans have been given the backing of HSE Chair Judith Hackitt in a letter to the authority.

She said: “Clearly there is a lot more common sense in Derbyshire. We may need many more authorities to be encouraging residents to do the responsible and neighbourly thing. There is no health and safety reason for them not to.”

DCC have said they can’t afford to spend £4.5 million on gritting like they did last year because they need to cut their spending by £90 million over the next four years.