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Crow Edge Resident Criticises Council

Tuesday April 2 2013

Photo by Christine Bailey Photo by Christine Bailey

A FRUSTRATED Crow Edge resident has criticised the council for not allowing two redundant snow blowers to be used to help clear 12ft drifts near his house.

Ged Parker, 57, has asked to buy the equipment, which is stored in Springvale Depot, on Sheffield Road, for the past five years.

Recent bad weather has left snow piled high on roads around Mr Parker's home but Barnsley Council has continually turned down his purchase requests - despite not using the machines.

"It's so frustrating with two machines sat there doing nothing," he said. "It's bloody ridiculous - they need using. We can't get out."

Mr Parker has lived at Crow Edge for three decades, while wife Margaret has been there for 58 years. The couple said recent weather has been the worst snowfall near their home since 1979, leaving snow piled 12ft high in some places.

The council invested in five new machines to deal with snowfall in the borough a few months ago, including one large machine, specifically purchased with the Penistone area in mind.

Cllr Roy Miller said the machines were no longer fit for purpose and the council would now look to dispose of them.

"They were continually breaking down and not doing what they were supposed to be doing," said Cllr Miller.

"We're now looking at releasing them, if the gentleman wishes to get in touch."

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Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 11:47
"We're now looking at releasing them, if the gentleman wishes to get in touch."

Erm Roy he has done, multiple times.

More Local government wastage anyone?

Saying they are no longer fit for purpose is a complete kop out, 5 years old and we average a couple of weeks snow a year at the most so the machines have probably been used less than 100 times.

Reply Posted by Neil on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 11:50
Do you expect anything else from BMBC ? Usless!

Reply Posted by Bill on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 11:59
They said you can borrow em all summer

Reply Posted by mick on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 20:57
I would love to be snowed under in Crow Edge .Better than living in Royston with its slum Landlords and Trash tenants.