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Council Announce Record Grit Levels

Wednesday December 5 2012


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BARNSLEY Council is preparing for a frosty winter and has brought in record levels of rock salt.

It has more than 11,700 tonnes of grit ready to be used - although less than half of all local roads are gritted as a precaution.

It added: "Once all the primary routes have been gritted and are running freely we will then consider streets included in the secondary routes list.

"We currently precautionary grit 48 per cent of Barnsley’s roads, but unfortunately do not have resources to grit them all."

The council also works to a 'snow plan' which covers local shopping areas, outside doctors surgeries and schools, OAP sheltered housing complexes and OAP bungalow estates.

It covers over 400 sites and comes into affect after every fresh snowfall - once these have been dealt with the staff move onto other locations and specific requests.

To request a road be gritted, or arrange for a grit bin to be filled, go here.

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Reply Posted by dene on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 14:54
we never get our road cleaned

Reply Posted by lynne bray on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:14
would just like to say thanks to jordon and pals, they have just gritted all the paths and street [gerald close} well done lads..

Reply Posted by shell on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 14:55
gilroyd lane just over stainbrough bridge car always struggle to get up

Reply Posted by Becca beckett on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 14:56
Court House Carpark, Barnsley town centre.
This car park was very slippy this morning (5th dec). A few falls and slips from myself as well as an old couple walking with me.
Think that it needs to be gritted and monitored as a lot of customers/people venturing into our town will use this car park and if they slip and fall then we will loose these customers as they will fear coming into town and using that car park

Reply Posted by nw on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 15:24
they should grit every road and foot paths,,,,the gritter drivers drive that they use drive to fast, it doesnt cover the roads right ,,,just trying to save on grit all the time,,,,,ya dont see that many grit bins now ,the ones that are out there soon as they get filled people just fill bags up then nothing left ,you cant win ,feel sorry for ambulances police fire men,when they carnt get up streets what havent been done ,,,,would be hell on if it happened to the people that makes the rules up ,there house on fire etc and none of them could get to them if they was in trouble,bet things would change then,,,but maybe not,,, rant over lol

Reply Posted by catherine Mitchell on Friday December 14 2012 at 10:58
well said totally agree

Reply Posted by jean warren on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 15:30
Tankersley village please. Like a skating rink this morning. We have old peoples flats and a primary school and nothing gritted

Reply Posted by allan on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 16:05
Cross lane royston hills on both end i we had to leave cars at bells carpark and walk home

Reply Posted by Mrs A Campling on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 18:21
bungalows on gilbert grove was very slippy this morning could not even get out to the shop we could do with a grit bin

Reply Posted by jenny bridson on Thursday December 6 2012 at 08:30
there was no evidence of any grit being used in the huge car park near the range and pets at home. very dangerous

Reply Posted by jayne on Thursday December 6 2012 at 19:35
hepptin stall street vworsbruogh dale needs grit in git bins asap

Reply Posted by Christine Camplin on Thursday December 6 2012 at 19:41
Green Street, Hoyland they never grit this street, there's a grit bin at top of Green Street but never anything in it

Reply Posted by justin on Friday December 7 2012 at 00:16
Spring wood road

Reply Posted by nicola on Sunday December 9 2012 at 18:05
lee lane royston & definatelu over staincross common

Reply Posted by kate on Sunday December 9 2012 at 18:14
never had our street at bankend worsbrough-gritted nor had a snowplough onit, in all 25yrs we"ve been living here. but a few streets away get it gritted regular n snowploughed..and thats because a councilor lives there!!!

Reply Posted by margaret on Sunday December 9 2012 at 18:17
the corner of carnforth rd that turns on to lytham never gets gritted and a few old ladies have fallen it gets like a sjating rik and theres alot of elderly in this area some in bungalows it is treturous we dont have a grit bin also other end of lytham avenue to turn down kingedward street that gets treturous also with peoples bungalows i have lived here 33 years and never seen these streets gritted and we have never had a grit bin in this area of monkbretton

Reply Posted by george on Sunday December 9 2012 at 19:54
turner close jump and side road where the elderly live

Reply Posted by Dinnette on Friday December 14 2012 at 10:51
We never get our st /road gritted

Reply Posted by sharon on Friday December 14 2012 at 10:52
the gritters were out but the rain washed it away then it froze not the councils fault that i drove home last night through frezing fog and saw gritters out

Reply Posted by Jules on Friday December 14 2012 at 12:16
me too! I was out after midnight last night, and all the roads were clear and were bring gritted!

Reply Posted by George on Friday December 14 2012 at 10:56
Barugh lane painted on roundabout all way up barugh lane icey

Reply Posted by Kaz on Friday December 14 2012 at 10:58
So can I ask why all the grit bins are empty if these were filled then side streets can be done by the residents but when I needed to set out this morning at 6.30 our grit bin was empty, and the one at the business I work at, so maybe some focus on getting these filled should be considered, that way workers can get to work on time, I think we all appreciate that side streets are an after thought but if we can't get from our houses to the main roads we can't get to work so PLEASE FILL THE GRIT BINS PROVIDED ON SIDE STREETS

Reply Posted by bevsem on Friday December 14 2012 at 18:30
Well sad Kaz. To actually provide grit bins in the first place to be filled would be nice - why there aren't more in every area is beyond me! Don't the council know even one days worth of ice or snow stops everything in this country.

Reply Posted by bevsem on Friday December 14 2012 at 18:31
Meant "said"

Reply Posted by donna on Friday December 14 2012 at 10:58
hoyland must be a 3rd pro never gets gritted, the grit bins well wot can i say my boys an a few men from this street went to have a look for the old ,,, haha joke none in it x

Reply Posted by Wardy on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:01
A wonder were all money goes cause we have our bins emptied for out tax we pay...we have a mortgage so we don't pay for council housing or housing benefits etc so Just wondered what I get for my money a pay to you lot

Reply Posted by Maxine on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:02
Ive just applied for a grit bin, all council has to do is deliver and us residents will do the rest to make our street safe!

Reply Posted by Kath lang on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:14
I've requested grit bin, nothing happened. The very bottom of Carr green lane never gets gritted or snow ploughed as they concentrate on the new houses further up the lane!!

Reply Posted by Mary on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:15
I've lived on bellbank way for 40yrs n we never had our rds gritted its not r8t on these pensioners this is Barnsley for ya am suck in house !!!!!!

Reply Posted by John on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:16
Barnsley council criticism lol when have they been any good they most likely salt it to Sheffield pardon the pun they new it was comeing but to save money haveing grit stored up not on roads that's the point. But for ppl that vote for them this is wot you get try to remember next voting day wot they done not a Lot

Reply Posted by neil on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:18
i ask for a grit bin 3yrs ago and still waiting for one, it's not that but me street has a hill on it and it run's straight in to doncaster road so when there is ice or snow big problems stopping at the end

Reply Posted by Darton resident on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:24
Think BMBC need to seriously reconsider and restructure their procedures for this type of weather, yet again it is obvious this council is run by a bunch of dithering over paid idiots!

Reply Posted by zoe on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:29
im not been fnny but there as been loads a accident around our area n non of our grit bins have been filled it like an ice ring outside n there is elderly on my street i think it so wrong if u fill the bin we can do the rest x

Reply Posted by Trevor on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:43
We have record level's of salt . We don't have the resources to do all the road's ? Great

Reply Posted by tracey on Friday December 14 2012 at 11:44
gritted Bala Street corsi in town...but can u do it earlier nxt time preferably before skool run...it wa like an ice rink tryin t walk down this mornin. I had to walk on road which is dangerous with 2 kids. My daughter set off to high school this mornin at 7.15am I really dread wat it was like at that time!!

Reply Posted by Jules on Friday December 14 2012 at 12:14
the only issue with the grit bins is that people who are too TIGHT to go and buy their own grit, nick it out of the bins. I have seen on more than one occasion people filling up bags of the stuff from the bins, and putting them in to cars....how does that help the local residents who actually need it!


Reply Posted by dean on Friday December 14 2012 at 12:17
Try telling bosses that when you can not get of your street or you try and hurt some one driving your car or hurt your self getting to a bus stop walking its not on

Reply Posted by observer on Friday December 14 2012 at 13:28
i agree with a previous complainant. the gritter waggons drive far to quickly. on another note, i would suggest that motorwys are gritted before anywhere else. thats via the whole of the country, not just barnsley. this is because we must not let "businesses " to fail in delivery. for the man \ woman on the street, we have to put up with it. and risk life and limb. this is a poor attitude and needs to be addressed.

Reply Posted by Barnsley Resident on Friday December 14 2012 at 14:15
GET THE IDLE SOD'S CLAIMING DOLE FOR DOING NAFF ALL TO GET OFF THEIR BACKSIDES AND EARN THEIR MONEY....... IT WUNT AV BEEN LIKE THIS YEARS AGO, THEY WUD AV HAD NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by greenginger on Friday December 14 2012 at 14:22
Surely the priorities of the council are schewed when it comes to gritting?
What is the point of doing the main routes if local people cannot get their vehicles off of the estates they park on and live at? Why do the outside of shops when the shop holders could do outside each shop themselves? Why do the elderly estates when the elderly should be encouraged to stay in and keep warm with food being delivered to them ? We have had ice for 4 days and no gritters to be seen. They are holding it back in case of snow!

Reply Posted by Chris kilner on Friday December 14 2012 at 14:56
You don't have the resources??? We pay £85 a month, what does this money go on... We also pay road tax?

Reply Posted by Daniel Burgin on Friday December 14 2012 at 15:13
They never ome n grit where we live and we live in a old persons bungalow there is about 11 it is also the market carpark

Reply Posted by kate on Friday December 14 2012 at 15:42
philip road at kendray and surrounding streets like a skating rink this morning hubby struggled 2 hours to get off street to work ....a girl also fell and was waiting 2 hours for an ambulance.

Reply Posted by kenny on Friday December 14 2012 at 15:43
what a joke barnsley council and the highways dept ARE ,so your statement says you don't have resources !!!!!!! my arse!! i dont think i will have resources to pay my £93.00 council tax!!! from now on then oh but then i will get took to court wont i ! ,not forgetting all the recycling people do so that the council can get paid for!!! ,so you say you grit the main roads ?but how are we going to get onto those roads when no one can get onto them because they are iced in???,i could NOT get off the street where i live this morning till 11 am when the black ice had thawed NOT been gritted (pogmoor) and im trying to keep a business running,
100% not fit for purpose ,the only grit i see in pogmoor is when i grit my teeth because of the total incompetence of this council ,crap!!

Reply Posted by mags on Friday December 14 2012 at 15:54
carnforth road and lytham svenue are school routes there gates on lytham avenue and st helens way monkbretton also elderly bungalows carnforth rd and lytham avenue where theres been a few falls also end of lytham each end treachorus cars spin roind we never had grit bins and only known this area gritted once in 33 yrs ive lived on this street so would be very grateful if we could have regular gritting roads and pavement in this bad weather on these streets please

Reply Posted by Sylvia on Friday December 14 2012 at 15:55
Does anyone know if there's a list of where grit bins are located in Barnsley?

Reply Posted by jill on Friday December 14 2012 at 16:27
On the list of priorities is OAP and disabled bungalows , well how come mine has never been done

Reply Posted by beth on Friday December 14 2012 at 18:32
It's alright gritting outside the doctors (park grove) but the whole of park road needs doing! And the streets coming off it. No one could come up or down that road this morning so God knows how they'd even get up the doctors.

Reply Posted by Emma on Friday December 14 2012 at 22:07
Carr lane at tankersley never gets gritted its a thru road for howbrook and A61 to sheffield. kids struggle to get to bus for school and ppl cant get out for work or shops. absolute joke just gets worse.

Reply Posted by dave shaw on Friday December 14 2012 at 23:01
I respect the council for what they do with regards to keeping the roads open , a main road needs to be done first but then into estates , if every household on a estate was given a bag of grit HOW MANY would actually use it when its needed most , IF this was done and each person spreads a shovel full of grit the estates wouldnt be a problem .

Reply Posted by aaron on Saturday December 15 2012 at 01:02
highstone cres up worsbough common needs gritting cos theres cars parked both sides big hill to get up on the corner to turn too highstone vale needs doing most because theres too many cars sliping side too side then whos too blame when you hit another car cos all your doing is gritting streets that dont need it like highstone av plenty of cars go on there so it can just go too side on road where theres hardly any cars. and the grit bin needs moveing too the very top of worsbough common.


Reply Posted by sharon edwards on Sunday December 16 2012 at 13:40
holly court and hornby st w/common back and front have never been gritted to my knowledge my elderly parents live there ... there is also an old peoples home there ... they are completley stranded when its frosty and too frightened to go out .

Reply Posted by amanda stewart on Thursday January 17 2013 at 15:10
kitchin road just off newsome avenue its a never gritted and people use it to drop and collect their children from high view.Its a hill too so not like trying to walk or drive on a flat straight road.