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Council Ready For White Stuff This Winter

Thursday January 2 2014


Photo by Neil Arnold Photo by Neil Arnold


MORE than 10,000 tonnes of grit is in storage at the Smithies and Penistone depots ready to be spread across the borough.

The council says they're prepared for the white stuff this winter and keeping main routes clear, with residential grit bins also being replenished.

Combined gritting alerts and winter maintenance information from across the region will be made available to Twitter users through the new hashtag #sygrit, bringing together communications tweeted by Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster councils.

Barnsley has 15 vehicles used for gritting as well as five snow ploughs and 17 snow blowers for pedestrian areas.

Some of the council's tractors are also fitted with buckets for snow clearing.

Helpful Barnsley residents are also ready for action as part of the Good Neighbour scheme which helps keep paths, pavements, back streets and side roads clear of snow.

A council spokeswoman said it's been a great success for the past four years and aims to address those areas of the borough outside the council's snow plan.

"A number of good neighbours assist people across the borough's streets and estates to help themselves during snowy weather," she said.

"The 50 trained volunteers have agreed to take part again this year and some 130 volunteers are getting ready to be trained up."

The council said those who don't want to be part of a scheme but want to help clear their own streets, or just the area outside their own house, shouldn't be put off because they are afraid someone will get injured.

The spokeswoman added: "Remember, people walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves.

"Don't believe the myths - it's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries if you have cleared the path carefully."

Cllr Roy Miller said the council will do its best to keep roads free from snow and ice to make travelling across the borough as easy as possible.

Click here for more information on gritters' routes.

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Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday January 2 2014 at 15:44
Let it snow let it snow let it snow!

Reply Posted by crazy dave on Thursday January 2 2014 at 16:26
Been snowing in thy eard for years lauren

Reply Posted by Dan on Thursday January 2 2014 at 16:47
what snow? its been chucking it down for the last month with rain!!

Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday January 2 2014 at 17:41
Does tha even no me Ermm probably not just some random person avin a pop cos a want it to snow no need for insults not said owt bad av I no so pipe darn crazy Dave

Reply Posted by JKL on Thursday January 2 2014 at 20:52
Well, let's hope we manage to get or grit bin filled when needed this year. We don't get the road gritted but it' qualifies for a grit bin due to the gradient of the street, however, the council never seem to be able to fill it up.
Maybe I'll give them a call tomorrow to try to get it filled before the white stuff falls.
We always clear our street and the elderly's paths but without the grit it's no good really.

Reply Posted by Misty on Thursday January 2 2014 at 22:33
In a ideal world the roads would be kept clear but I don't think this will be the case in our area, it seems that we don't exist!

Reply Posted by rachel on Friday January 3 2014 at 17:15
We have been asking for grit bin on locke st now for years and still waiting

Reply Posted by Beck on Friday January 3 2014 at 17:22
Let the snow settle just for once. As long as we all look after each other n the elder generation, lets blooming have a week a snow. It int like it used to be, kids are bored through holidays, folk ar sick n full a flu, let em get snowed off n have a good time or time to recover. Dnt know why council are so hasty to get rid of the stuff, They love a good skive lol.

Reply Posted by T on Friday January 3 2014 at 17:41
GRIT does nowt but rot your car, the council put it down at the wrong time, it only works if it's being driven over to work it into the falling snow, not only that they put it on roads that DON'T need it, where as side streets and estates DO because otherwise cars end up abandoned all over the main roads making it hard for everyone else to get around. Lastly whilst I'm on a rant. IF YOU DAREN'T GO FASTER THAN 10mph WHEN IT'S SNOWING, DON'T GO OUT IN YOUR CAR BECAUSE YOU ARE AN INCONVENIENCE AND ADD TO PROBLEM!

Reply Posted by Mrs. D on Friday January 3 2014 at 18:27
No Snow! My husband and I end up shovelling the entire street to get out to our NHS jobs every time it snows, whilst the rest of the neighbours jeer and shout abuse at us from inside their warm homes.

Reply Posted by sid on Friday January 3 2014 at 18:45
@mrs D. Why on earth do your neighbours jeer and shout at you?
I salute you Mrs.D.

Reply Posted by fred on Friday January 3 2014 at 20:35
i nick grit for my self out ov your grit bins keep your noses out

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday January 5 2014 at 14:45
Why on earth do folk get excited about it snowing?
It causes untold misery to us workers trying to get to work.
The council in their infinite wisdom never grit or clear industrial estates so cars have to be abandoned on main roads causing more misery.

Some of us that have to commute to work in the snow simply cannot afford to leave our cars at home as it is no work no pay and I don't want any absences on my work record either, so if it means setting off an hour earlier to ensure that I get to work then I will do so.

Cost me £500 for two new alloys, tyres and track rod ends last year as I crashed in the snow on my way back from work on an ungritted and uncleared road.

Reply Posted by fred on Sunday January 5 2014 at 20:06
i stop in bed when it snows







i stop in bed when it snows so get to work mugs





Reply Posted by derek on Monday January 6 2014 at 21:09
seeing as bmbc have got rid of front line workers, how about the councillors earn their wages by spreading grit instead of asking for volunteers. oops sorry lol too much hard work 4 them.

Reply Posted by craig on Monday January 6 2014 at 21:19
I hope it snows when i move it can do what it wants when i move cos im going to scotland

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday January 6 2014 at 21:34
I wish BMBC would learn how to spread the grit properly on our roads. We have "grit speed humps" on the roads near us.


Reply Posted by little me on Tuesday January 7 2014 at 05:18
Ha ha Craig that made me laugh u think movin to Scotland is going to make a difference how you getting there? By sledge lmfao it snows a lot more in Scotland than it does here.