MORE than 80 York roads which will no longer be treated as a priority for gritting during icy weather have been revealed for the first time.

The list of 81 roads was obtained from City of York Council by Liberal Democrat councillors as the ruling Labour Cabinet decided to press ahead with the cut, along with reductions in salt bins.

Nearly 30 miles of roads losing prioritisation include Melrosegate, Tang Hall Lane, Chaloners Road, Bootham Terrace, Kettlestring Lane, Rawcliffe Drive, Kingsway West, Rawcliffe Bar P&R access and Fulford Cross.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman claimed the change would mean some roads remaining untreated for several days, even after severe winter weather, and said the changes came despite opposition from residents, community groups and local councillors.

He said Lib Dem councillors Ann Reid, Nigel Ayre and Keith Aspden “called-in” the decision for further review but at a special meeting of York’s Corporate and Scrutiny Management committee, Labour used its majority to push through the controversial proposals by five votes to four.

Coun Ann Reid said: “A substantial number of areas will be left without a regular gritting regime, leading to access problems for public transport and to schools in icy weather.” She claimed the Labour Cabinet was prioritising schemes such as buying an Arts Barge over delivering frontline services.

Labour’s cabinet member for environmental services, Coun David Levene, said: “Those roads removed from the primary gritting route will still be treated in severe weather.”

He said a thorough consultation was held online and offline and said changes had been made following feedback.


Routes which will lose their priority gritting

Bishopthorpe: Acaster Lane, Copmanthorpe Lane, Hauling Lane, Lamplugh Crescent. Part road: Acaster Malbis to Keble Park South.

Clifton: Bootham Terrace, Brompton Road, The Avenue, Westminster Road.

Derwent: Holtby Lane.

Dringhouses & Woodthorpe: Chaloners Road, Leeside, Lycett Road, Middlethorpe Drive, Middlethorpe Grove, West Thorpe. Part road: Eason View to Moor Lane.

Fishergate: Fulford Cross.

Guildhall: Navigation Road.

Haxby & Wigginton: Crossmoor Lane, Eastfield Avenue, Greenshaw Drive, Haxby Moor Road, Moor Lane, Oaken Grove, Usher Lane, West Nooks, Westfield Lane, Westfield Road, Wheatfield Lane. Part roads: Wheatfield Lane to Oak Tree Lane; Usher Lane to bridge; Walmer Carr to Green Dike.

Heslington: Kimberlow Lane, Low Lane, Main Street, School Lane, Windmill Lane.

Heworth: Barfield Road, Fifth Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Harcourt Street, Mill Lane, Monkton Road, Sefton Avenue. Part roads: Fourth Avenue to Melrosegate; Tang Hall Lane to end; Melrosegate to Tang Hall Lane; Elmfield Avenue to Barfield Road.

Heworth Without: Algarth Road, Applecroft Road, Straylands Grove, Woodlands Grove. Part road: Whitby Avenue to Ashley Park Road.

Holgate: Glebe Avenue, Malvern Avenue.

Hull Road: Crossways, Deramore Drive, Eastfield Crescent, Sussex Road, Windmill Lane, Yarburgh Way.

Huntington & New Earswick: Brockfield Park Drive, Brockfield Road, North Lane.

Rural West York: Atterwith Lane, Bland Lane, Great North Way, Horseman Drive, White Rose Way.

Skelton, Rawcliffe & Clifton Without: Audax Road, Kettlestring Lane, Moor Lane, Moorlands Road, Oakdale Road, Rawcliffe Bar P&R access, Rawcliffe Drive, Stirling Road, The Village. Part road: Rivelin Way to Clifton Moorgate; A1237 rbt to bus turn round; Brecksfields to Moorlands Road.

Strensall: Flaxton Road, Haxby Moor Road, Holtby Lane, Lords Moor Lane. Part road: Usher Lane to bridge.

Westfield: Ascot Way, Ashford Place, Danesfort Avenue, Green Lane, Kingsway West, St Stephens Road, Stuart Road, Windsor Garth.