Praise for grit scheme changes

CHANGES to the way Derbyshire’s roads were gritted last winter have been hailed a success following a review by Derbyshire County Council (DCC).

The authority asked all town and parish councils for their views on the changes with 85 per cent saying the level of gritting and snow clearance by the county council had either improved or remained the same last winter compared to previous years.

Concerns were raised about particular roads being placed on secondary routes which are only treated in the day, instead of primary routes which are treated day and night and pre-treated where necessary and these routes will now be reviewed.

Cllr Simon Spencer, DCC deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Although the weather wasn’t as extreme as the previous winter, we still faced some very difficult conditions with some heavy snow fall and freezing temperatures.”