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Anger over potential cuts to gritting service
PLANS to downgrade many York streets as part of a review of the city’s gritting network have been criticised by a councillor.
A consultation on future winter maintenance arrangements by City of York Council has been extended until September 15, with final decisions being made next month, but some primary gritting routes could be made a lower priority as the authority looks to cut £60,000, although it has said all key roads will be treated where necessary.
Coun George Barton, the Conservative group’s deputy leader, said he was “startled and dismayed” by the plans, citing the potential downgrading of Clifton Moor Industrial Estate as an example. He said: “It is important business centre for people working in York as well as hosting a police station.
“Another example is a primary link road between Strensall and Haxby which has one of the city’s largest primary schools. There is no joined-up thinking, just an attempt to skimp on providing a competent service which most residents believe they’ve paid for through their council tax - it is a false and, to my mind, quite dangerous economy.”
The Labour-run council said reduced Government funding has made savings necessary and the review will mean a “clear, fair and transparent” new policy on gritting and salt bins for the first time since 1996. The consultation is at york.gov.uk/wintermaintenance.
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