If you want the pavements cleared, do it yourself - city told.

December 23, 2009 10:20 AM
Cllr Sian Reid

Sian Reid

Cambridge City Councillors have been told if they want the city's treacherous, ice covered pavements to be safe for shoppers they must do it themselves.

County councillors have washed their hands of the problem and told the city council to get on with the job and they will provide the grit.

Cllr Mac Mcguire, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Access told Lib Dems that he had no ideas or plans to deal with the situation despite numerous accidents on the ice.

Cambridgeshire County Council has a policy of gritting pavements FIVE days after snowfall. Yet Cllr Mcguire told the Cambridge News that the paths in Cambridge "will have been gritted for four days with more than 50 tonnes of rock salt."

Mike Pitt, Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Environmental Services, said: "It is the county council's responsibility to carry out gritting and it is shirking that responsibility.

"Cllr Mcguire says the paths have been gritted for four days yet the county council's policy clearly states no action for five days. What is going on here?

"We are being given two completely different versions of this scenario and still the complaints are coming in from people who are finding pavements thick with ice.

"It was obvious that most pathways have not been gritted. The city council has been sending out people to do the county council's job, and remain willing to help at times like this."

Sian Reid, Cambridge City Councillor for Growth, said: "Cllr Mcguire told me that he had no ideas or plans to deal with this situation. At the same time, he was telling the Cambridge News that the paths had been gritted for four days.

"It is clear that we are not getting straight answers here. Despite this, it is the county council's responsibility to clear ice and snow and they should be getting on with it."

Cambridge City Council Leader, Ian Nimmo-Smith said: "City council workers have worked hard over the past few days, coordinating with county council activity, to help make pavements in Cambridge safer.

"It is disappointing if we get confusing mixed messages from the county politburo."

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