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'Selfish' Motorist Steals From Grit Bin

Monday January 21 2013



A MOTORIST has taken grit from a communal grit bin at Silkstone, putting at risk vulnerable members of the community.

Barnsley Council was notified that after replenishing the grit bin at Manor Park, a man pulled up in a trailered vehicle and used a shovel to load it with grit.

It is reported that when challenged the man became threatening. He then drove off, leaving the grit bin empty.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “This incident has been reported to South Yorkshire Police and I urge anyone who witnesses people taking grit away from bins to report it to the police on their 101 non-emergency number, and let us know on 773555 so we can replenish it.”

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Reply Posted by Rachel on Monday January 21 2013 at 12:10
When you say taking grit you do mean the whole lot? My husband took grit from the grit bin on our street to put on our path and some elderly neighbours the last snow fall and was confronted by a man from a neighbouring house who said he would be in trouble by the police as it was for the roads. We know this is not true but maybe pointing out to certain members of the public what it is actually for may be useful !!

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday January 21 2013 at 18:59
When you say path do you mean pavement or your own property? Grit supplied by the council is for roads & pavements. If you want to grit anywhere within your own boundary you need to buy your own grit / salt.

Reply Posted by bob on Monday January 21 2013 at 12:40
I think they're right for road use only. So if I need some for the road and the grit bin nearest me is empty because it ant been refilled by council I can't see why you can't take a bucket full from one further away that has some and use a car to transport it cos it is heavy! emptying the lot is wrong though.

Reply Posted by allan machen on Monday January 21 2013 at 13:33
Whare can the public get grit from for there own use ?

Reply Posted by April on Monday January 21 2013 at 14:34
At the end of the day this guy has taken the lot... Fair use age maybe a few bucketfuls?
Allanyou can buy grit from garden centres or supermarkets or builders yards!

Reply Posted by greenginger on Monday January 21 2013 at 15:45
It is not for personal use or for your garden paths. It is for the public areas only ie roads and footpaths outside your home.
We would all have grit bins if it wasn't for criminals stealing it to sell on cheap.
If you want grit then buy it from supermarkets, hardware shops, builders yards or tool hire places amongst loads others. It is not expensive and a little goes a long way.
If everyone did their bit on the side roads there would be no problems at all.

Reply Posted by donnio on Monday January 21 2013 at 15:55
I pay £1000 council tax bill as well as over £700 for road tax on two cars. Y should I now have to go out and buy grit when I have already paid for it? Its wrong some one took it all but if it's gonna be used for the reason it's put there whats the issue? Theres vulnerable members of public on almost every street, makes them less important than those living with support. And at least they have the support unlike others that live else where.

Reply Posted by allan machen on Monday January 21 2013 at 16:16
so grit theft is naw major crime so the police will drop every thing and put all there man pawer in to finding this person if grit bins are in public places then they are for public use so haw far away can you use it from the bin and seen as the the council are not gritting public areas then i think there might just be sum claims going in with all this no win no fee

Reply Posted by carl on Monday January 21 2013 at 17:27
i agree donnio everyone is vulnerable in this weather any one can fall and brake somthing ??? i dont agree with taking all the grit but we have all paid for it in council tax the griters are only doing main roads ?? my st is a bus rout and coz it hasnt been gritted the buses arnt coming up or down my st

Reply Posted by Steve on Monday January 21 2013 at 16:51
So whats the crime here?, how can Cllr Miller and the police prove that the grit in a public place has been stolen?, how can you steal something that's for public use?, the bloke that took it might well live on a long steep hill with vulnerable people living on it that does not have a grit bin, we on our long steep street have been asking for one for 8 years, so i have to go out in my 4x4 and take it from others otherwise we would be cut off from the world. Maybe Cllr Miller and whoever complained in the first place should have just asked for it to be re filled.

Reply Posted by Garry on Monday January 21 2013 at 19:05
So can u tell me who is the bin for then is it for cllr miller or the police for god sake it's for the public I own my own business and I also take the od bucket from the bins due to 100s of public people coming to my business we pay our rates so why shouldn't we take it

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday January 21 2013 at 20:48
You shouldn't take it because it's not for you or your premises. If everyone had the same atitude there wouldn't be any grit left in the bins (which is what's happening now). Take it to spread on the roads and public footways but not for your own property - Don't be selfish we all pay taxes!!

Reply Posted by ally on Tuesday January 22 2013 at 11:50
we are paying for something we dont recieve we shouldnt have to do the council's job in gritting, its redicoulous , i supoose you are fit and well and able to get from your own house without slipping

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday January 22 2013 at 12:27
Are you suggesting that the Council should grit every single road in the borough because we all pay our Council tax??? Assuming this is not physically possible which it isn't then a grit bin should be supplied or provided very close. The point of the article is that a grit bin has been supplied but someone has the taken the salt from it - allegedly for their own purpose and that is wrong.

Reply Posted by steve on Monday January 21 2013 at 19:39
we live in a bunglow for disable ive been after a grit for the last four years they going to give one but i have to pay a sevice charge for it his that right i pay my council tax and every thing else

Reply Posted by ally on Tuesday January 22 2013 at 11:44
when we are growing up we used to take grit form the bins to do the elderly's paths , , what eaxtly is council tax for , surely you should get a rebate if you have to grit your own pavment sand roads , what the hell is a gritter for ??
i wa spassed last week by a man with an emty wheelbarrow when he cam back it was FULL of grit , i dint report it becuase i dont no where ithe nrearest grit bin (im on th estead lane area)

Reply Posted by ally on Tuesday January 22 2013 at 11:47
when we were growing up we used to take grit form the bins to do the elderly's paths , , what exactly is council tax for , surely you should get a rebate if you have to grit your own pavments and roads , what the hell is a gritter for ??
i was passed last week by a man with an empty wheelbarrow when he came back it was FULL of grit , i didn't report it becuase i don't know where the nearest grit bin is (i'm in the stead lane area)