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Concern over threat to salt bin provision in York
A WOMAN who successfully campaigned to get a grit bin installed at an accident blackspot near her York home is horrified at council plans to cut the number of salt bins.
Funding changes mean City of York Council stopped automatically supplying 170 of York’s then 369 salt bins last winter, with stocks only provided during severe weather.
The authority said it was now proposing to increase the number of bins funded by its highways department from 145 to 158 and is consulting residents on locations.
Holgate resident Becky Cook, of Grantham Drive, says bins need to be provided near her home after a series of accidents in the area, covered by The Press in 2010, when she won a battle to get a bin.
She said: “I was horrified to learn that, almost four years later, the council is proposing changes to local salt bins and gritting routes which may result in our vital salt bin being removed.
“During the icy January and February of 2010, we experienced dozens of accidents on Grantham Drive and on the junction of Howe Hill Close due to the slippery surface of the road.” In one incident, a silver Vauxhall Astra was written off after it collided with a pillar after skidding on ice at the junction.
Miss Cook said that since the salt bin had been installed and the road resurfaced there had been a dramatic decrease in the number of accidents.
Coun David Levene, the council’s environmental services spokesman, said: “Given massive Government funding cuts, we felt the best way forward would be to establish a clear set of criteria against which salt bins will be located across the city, and then consult residents on whether they would place any bins differently.
‘‘Examples of those criteria include steepness of roads and proximity to schools.
‘‘This will establish a clear, fair, transparent system that is both logical and which prioritises public safety, replacing the ad-hoc approach we have had until now that fails to allocate resources where they are most needed.
“We also continue to publicise our snow warden scheme.”
He said all salt bins would be judged against the criteria with feedback from residents considered.
The consultation runs until September 15 and is at york.gov.uk/wintermaintenance
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