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Council Readies Gritting Vehicles For Winter

Thursday November 7 2013




BARNSLEY Council's 15-strong fleet of gritting vehicles are being prepared for this winter.

Some 10,660 tonnes of grit is in storage, ready to be spread across the borough.

The gritters will be available around the clock between now and March.

Last year the council began gritting on November 3 and finished on April 2. Between these dates, the gritters were out on 93 days, spreading a total of some 9,449 tonnes of grit.

If you want to know if your road is on a primary or secondary route, this information is available on the council's website.

Cllr Roy Miller said: "We're ready, but are you? I urge residents to plan their winter journeys and make sure their vehicles have been checked, pack appropriate warm clothing for long journeys and in adverse weather conditions consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary.

"I also ask older people to be extremely careful in icy conditions. Give us time to do our job before trying to make a journey in heavy snow or icy conditions and let the gritters and snow ploughs clear areas before you set off."

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Reply Posted by Collet on Thursday November 7 2013 at 10:47
Dear Mr Miller if I thought for one moment I had to depend on you for anything, OH MY GOD!!!!

Reply Posted by LOL on Friday November 8 2013 at 11:52
IT WILL TAKE 10,660 TONNES JUST TO LEVEL THE POT-OILS.

Reply Posted by Sid on Thursday November 14 2013 at 11:50
WELL SAID LOL

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday November 7 2013 at 12:40
Cllr Miller strikes again - for christ sake BMBC appoint a spokesperson who the public respect. Most people see his name and switch off, you're losing the emphasis that you seek to gain by using this guy all the time.
Cllr Miller isn't really bothered as he's got a great big gas guzzling Land Rover 4x4 wheel drive.

Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday November 7 2013 at 12:58
Well I'll eat my laptop if we ever see a gritter on the side roads of Atherlsey S'th any time this winter , only roads that get gritted appear to be near Councilors homes.

Reply Posted by Craig on Thursday November 7 2013 at 17:18
well as no self respecting person would be seen dead in athersley can you blame them?

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday November 7 2013 at 13:28
what pisses me off in times of snow is the fact that the emphasis seems to be keeping motorway and major roads open for "businesses"..these must not be affected. they say?. business must not stop. in a time of "recession" and "austerity". the liitle old ladies I,e our parents in the 70s 80s etc, have to take an enormous risk of breaking limbs having to walk down the street. its a good job the governments central and local have got the priorities right, isn't it?

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Thursday November 7 2013 at 13:32
I may get a verbal kicking here, but I am not quite sure what Mr Miller has said that warrants the verbal abuse, is it the fact he is teaching us to 'suck eggs' or the fact he as just spoken?

Reply Posted by Shocked on Thursday November 7 2013 at 14:14
Who is going to drive them isn't there talk of a strike

Reply Posted by Southern boy on Thursday November 7 2013 at 14:31
Well observer if back streets had priority over main roads and motor ways were would you go once out of your estate as there are not enough gritters to go around don't forget there are only 15 gritters for all of the Borough of Barnsley

Reply Posted by June on Thursday November 7 2013 at 14:45
People need to remember that it's grit not magic pixie dust. It only works effectively if the temperature gets above freezing and there is enough traffic to help it along. Otherwise it melts the snow etc a bit but once night falls its sheet ice all the way. So gritting side streets isn't usually helpful

Snow ploughs are what is needed to clear snow but they are even scarcer than gritters and they struggle to get through side streets and streets with cars abandoned all over the place.

The answer is to plan ahead, stick a loaf in the freezer or buy a couple of packs of bread mix and some UHT Milk in the house.

If you are able to get out check on elderly neighbours or those with disabilities or very young children but keep journeys short, try to leave them to mid morning and only if essential.


Reply Posted by Emma on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 15:26
Well put June. Most sensible comment on here!
What some seem to forget is the people driving the gritting trucks managed to get to the depot. How do you think they got on at 4am doing the thankless task so we could all wake up and get to work easier.

Reply Posted by JB Fletcher on Thursday November 7 2013 at 18:00
Thank you June for the most sensible comment I have ever seen on WAB!

Btw observer - it's not up to the council to grit motorways. The Highways Agency does that through their contractors.

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday November 7 2013 at 19:41
All good but spare a thought for those that work in the community and have to go out, ie district nurses, carers .....

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Thursday November 7 2013 at 20:26
What people need to do this winter is this.
a. Dont whine
b. Get off their butts and clear any snow outside their homes with shovels
c. Walk to work if possible or use public transport instead of the car
d. Stock up with bread in the freezer and as June says UHT milk or similar
e. Check on neighbours
f. If bad tell work to ram it and stay at home .

Reply Posted by trub on Thursday November 7 2013 at 20:48
Can't all do the last one haze,but rest is good.

Reply Posted by kkkkk on Thursday November 7 2013 at 20:38
purple haze@ you come out with utter crap,you soukd be called purple daze,because you walk about allday in a daze

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Thursday November 7 2013 at 21:13
You watch, at the 1st site of any white-stuff, the aisles are amass with selfish degenerates, buying up all the bread&milk. Like Russian bread-rioters. Brain-dead

Reply Posted by the voice of barnsley on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:13
FEAR NOT THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR BUT FEAR THE WRATH OF GOD-HE KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED TO SURVIVE A HARD WINTER-PUT YOUR TRUST IN HIM AND FEAR NOT.

Reply Posted by Swifty on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:17
You need help my friend! try the Samaritans.

Reply Posted by the voice of barnsley on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:28
IM HERE IF YOU WANT TO TALK BROTHER SWIFTY-LET ME BE YOUR GUIDEING LIGHT AND SHOW YOU THAT GOD LOVES YOU-YOU ARE ONE OF HIS MANY CHILDREN.

Reply Posted by Sid on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:32
You need god to help you with your Grammer,and turn the CAPS LOCK off,

Reply Posted by the voice of barnsley on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:38
AH TIS BROTHER SID-MY FAKE FRIEND-IVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU BROTHER THAT YOU MAY FIND PEACE FOR UR TROUBLED SOUL-REMEMBER BROTHER TO KEEP THE FAITH AND MAY UR HEART BE FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF GOD.

Reply Posted by ken on Thursday November 7 2013 at 23:25
You are bleeding mental man! Look at yourself for Christ sake. Tek a powder an go to bed.

Reply Posted by the voice of barnsley on Thursday November 7 2013 at 23:31
BROTHER KEN HOW ARE YOU?.

Reply Posted by lee c on Thursday November 7 2013 at 23:31
Out of all council workers, the gritters do a great job. Bare in mind, 11000 tonnes of grit is not a lot. They grit the roads of barnsley that are used most, hence, trying to keep to town moving. No, they won't get up every street, and no, they won't please everybody. When it snows on our street, the street stick together, and clear what we can. If people carnt get out, help out. If ur going to shops, sees if anybody who carnt go ( disabled etc ) and make sure they ave essentals. And spare a thought how lucky we are compared to people stuck in penistone, etc.

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday November 8 2013 at 10:48
Never mind all this bullshit about gritting they get payed far 2 much to start with then coin for been on standby and gritting if they can b arsed

Reply Posted by Sid on Saturday November 9 2013 at 10:25
LOL FOR PRESIDENT OF BARNSLEY.

Reply Posted by jules on Saturday November 9 2013 at 16:26
well he owt to think about getting down side streets of sheff road cos there lethal wen its icy more bloody accidents cemetry wall gets knocked down every year n i feel for the elderley that have to get about round here on steep hills a mean we do out bit n grit our sides of street but can do the whole lot after all we pay council tax should be done

Reply Posted by Geri on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 21:44
Having lived in Germany for quite a number of years, before moving back to barnsley, it was local laws that ensured the public cleared all paths outside of their properties (any falls were fault of householder not council, therefore householder got sued) think similar laws should be brought into this country. I made sure all pavements and elderly neighbours paths for all of street were cleared when we last has snow. Roads though were responsibilty of local authority. If more people dug in (pardon the pun) there wouldn't be a problem on pavements and council could get on with ripping us off in other ways

Reply Posted by ScottyBoy on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 22:42
Balls to gritting side streets ya can't beat getting van sideways in snow and ice :)

Reply Posted by rob on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 06:41
Its a pity we are Barnsley could not get a photo of a Barnsley gritting lorry and not one off the internet ,well done we are (Barnsley),shows how proud you are of town.

Reply Posted by Peter H on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 08:28
"The gritters will be available around the clock between now and March." I do hope that this is not the beginning of March, worst snow of last winter, March 16