Praise for Kirklees gritting policy

OFFICIALS have been urged to continue stockpiling grit for the area’s roads in a review of Kirklees Council’s winter planning operation.
A scrutiny panel report compiled by Coun Andrew Marchington (Lib Dem) praised the decision last year to buy 25,000 tonnes of grit.
The move is credited with keeping most main routes across Kirklees open in heavy snow, including last Saturday night’s fall.
Coun Marchington’s panel wants that stockpiling to continue and recommended improvements in other areas.
More training for senior officers and closer work with area committees on the best places for public grit bins were among the suggestions.
On Tuesday the report was handed to Kirklees Council's Labour cabinet, which accepted Coun Marchington’s recommendations.
But the swift onset of last Saturday’s snow meant that in some places the council’s gritting operation came unstuck.
High Street in Heckmondwike, for example, went from clear to clogged in half an hour, with motorists struggling up and down the hill.
By 7pm all bus services were cancelled, with only those already enroute continuing to get passengers home.
A council spokesman said: “Heckmondwike High Street is on the main gritting route and was gritted at 2pm and 7pm on the day in question.” 

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