Tories to leave city centre ungritted if supplies run short

October 26, 2010 12:34 PM
Sarah Whitebread

Sarah Whitebread

Cambridge city centre is to be left untreated this winter if the weather proves severe and gritting supplies run short, thanks to a decision today by the County Council Cabinet.

Streets inside the inner ring road - Queen's Road, East Road, Newmarket Road, Chesterton Lane and the Fen Causeway - will be left untreated if there is a heavy demand on salt supplies.

Other areas which would also be removed from the gritting schedule include St Andrew's Street, Market Square, Drummer Street, Regent Street, Jesus Lane and Trumpington Street.

Although Cambridge is one of the busiest areas of the county, the Tories have restricted its gritting rota while at the same time, continuing to treat Wisbech, Whittlesey and Chatteris town centres.

Market County Councillor Sarah Whitebread added: "This is extremely bad news for residents and local businesses.

"This is an ill-thought out decision. The city centre is one of the busiest areas of the county and should be given top priority for gritting in bad weather; but instead the Tories have agreed to grit great areas of Fenland.

"Cambridge faced major problems following last year's repeated heavy snowfalls. Roads and pavements became like skating rinks and there were a number of accidents. This decision means we could be heading for the same again this winter and that is unacceptable."

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