Cold comfort over gritting
PUBLISHED: 08:54 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010
The recent cold snap has yet again shown Royston to be Hertfordshire s poor relation. We are at the very periphery of the county, and that fact has been hammered home in the past week or so. Many of our roads, especially those on housing estates in the a
The recent cold snap has yet again shown Royston to be Hertfordshire's poor relation.
We are at the very periphery of the county, and that fact has been hammered home in the past week or so.
Many of our roads, especially those on housing estates in the area, were neither gritted nor salted, even though temperatures plunged way below zero, and were accompanied by substantial snowfall.
A proper winter no less.
In relation to the Twigden Estate, I can speak personally of the hazardous and dangerous conditions that prevailed last Monday.
My elderly mother, who had been returning from Addenbrooke's Hospital, came home by ambulance, and the vehicle slid down my road like a duck on a frozen pond such were the road conditions.
What if it had been a fire appliance responding to an emergency call?
The Highways Department of Herts County Council was less than helpful when I phoned them to complain.
I was given a very well scripted lecture about 'priority routes'. Utter balderdash!
We pay the exorbitant level of Council Tax at pain of imprisonment in return for certain services in whichever part of the town we happen to live.
Yet when we need those services, we're told in no uncertain terms that such demands need to be 'prioritised'.
If we all pay for services then we should all get them.
That is hardly an unreasonable view to hold.
It would appear, yet again, that the local government tail is wagging the taxpaying dog, as opposed to the other way around.
Simon W Ladd