Lib Dems win fight to keep Mill Road moving this winter

December 3, 2010 11:50 AM
Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Traders and residents in Cambridge's Mill Road have breathed a sigh of relief after the city's Liberal Democrats won their fight to make sure the road gets gritted this winter.

County Tories had threatened to leave the road untreated if gritting supplies started running short, leaving it off the "reduced network". The road was not gritted last year when supplies ran short, and many people especially the elderly, were snowed in.

The suggestion caused anger among the Lib Dems who feared that homes and shops cut off if the road became impassable.

Lib Dem Highways Spokesman, Kilian Bourke said: "I am delighted that the Tories have come to their senses. This was an ill-thought out idea which could have caused chaos and put people's safety at risk.

"It was absurd to suggest that Mill Road, with one of the worst accident records in the county, should be left untreated if salt supplies started running short. Mill Road provides access to Brookfield's Hospital.

"I want to thank all those who wrote to the county council asking them to reconsider this proposal. It worked."

The Tories had outlined their plan in their Winter Review which removed roads across the county from the gritting rota in a bid to save £80,000 a year.

A number of key Cambridge city roads including Queen's Road, East Road, Newmarket Road, Chesterton Lane and Fen Causeway could still be left untreated if gritting supplies run low.

Cambridge City Councillor, Sarah Brown, who represents Petersfield said: "I am relieved that Mill Road is to be treated. "This is a key route for cyclists and buses and used frequently by delivery drivers. If this had been left ungritted it could have been treacherous."

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