Council makes gritting changes

CHANGES to the way Derbyshire’s roads, including ones in Belper, are gritted have been approved.

Following a 12-week public consultation, Derbyshire County Council is pushing on with plans to split the current gritting network into two categories — primary and secondary routes and a third tertiary route.

A total of 76 per cent of 913 people who responded to the consultation agreed with the proposals.

Primary routes will be treated day and night and will be pre-treated before bad weather hits. Secondary routes will be treated in the day time.

Tertiary routes will mainly involve external contractors clearing snow on roads not covered by the council, including ones to isolated villages, industrial areas, schools and old people’s homes.

Cllr Simon Spencer said: “It’s difficult to provide an effective gritting service under the system of covering all gritting routes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s also a very costly system and we needed to look at ways to grit the roads more efficiently and effectively.”