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WAB Debate - How Did The Council Cope With This Winter?

Friday April 26 2013


How did the council cope with this winter's weather? How did the council cope with this winter's weather?


COUNCILLOR Roy Miller has thanked council staff for their efforts during this winter's bad weather. Do you think the council coped well? Have your say on our WAB Debate.

Gritting began on November 1 2012 and the final grit of the winter took place in the second week of April.

Gritting took place on more than 100 occasions - compared to 48 the previous year. Some 9,400 tonnes of rock salt deposited in order to keep the road network open - compared with 3,100 during the previous winter.

Seven new gritting vehicles were used and the cost of keeping the road network open this winter was £1.2million.

The council will be giving consideration to purchasing snow blower vehicles for next winter in view of the exceptionally high snow drifts that occurred which blocked some roads and homes in the west of the borough this winter.

What do you think? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Friday April 26 2013 at 11:51
I thought they did a great job.

however I would like to put forward that Barnsley has the worst roads in the country (yorkshire has the worst roads in Britain) and wonder what Roys intentions are in fixing this massive problem.

And I would also like an explanation from backslapping Roy on why the Old Mill Lane Roadworks STILL aren't finished a year over due and three years from when they were started.

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday April 27 2013 at 10:30
Not very often I agree with Mr Mcguest but spot on.

Reply Posted by Mike Lee on Friday May 10 2013 at 10:41
The Old Mill Lane "Bus improvement Scheme" (whatever that means) was delayed because of said Coun Miller's failure to get planning permission on land that was owned by Wickes. Can WAB not find out how much we ratepayers have had to pay Wickes for permission to build this new road on their land??

Reply Posted by Jon on Friday May 24 2013 at 16:38
If Roy Miller was the Councillor who signed these works off without planning permission and ownership of the land, he would be directly involved in the responsibility for the delays in completing the works (latest estimate at least 18 months), and also for the increased costs these said works have cost due to the delays.
At a time where many completely competent council workers have been made redundant due to lack of money, redundancies voted for and approved by the Councillors no doubt??? I feel that the only respectable course of action would be for Mr Roy Miller to resign his position immediately if he was indeed responsible for the sign off for work to start without ownership being completed. The incompetence and mishandling of the works seem to smack of gross misconduct in a public office.

Reply Posted by Marko on Saturday May 11 2013 at 18:47
Spot on for me - well done guys!
I got to work everyday with no problems.

Reply Posted by rhodzy on Thursday May 16 2013 at 13:45
I think they did a great job this year! Not one problem on a the main roads!