gritting routes expanded in Burnham-On-Sea this winter
key roads in
ground to a halt during last year's heavy snowfall have been added
to Somerset County Council's gritting routes, meaning there should
be less disruption this winter.
County Council's Highways Department has this week confirmed that
Highbridge Road, Oxford Street, Marine Drive, Pier Street, the
South Esplanade, Brent Road, Ham Road, Station Road and Sea View
Road will all see an improved gritting service.
Turner, from the County Council's Highways Department, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Following discussion with the town council, several roads
in and around Burnham have been added to our salting schedule
this year in the event of severe weather."
Road and Oxford Street have been added to the precautionary salting
network, which mainly
includes major routes and accesses in to larger settlements."
listed on the precautionary salting network are treated prior
to ice forming or snow falling. During extended periods of cold
weather or snow they may be treated more than once within the
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Further additions to the post-treatment
network include Marine Drive, Pier Street and South Esplanade
(to the BARB Station), plus the B3140 Brent Road, Ham Road and
Station Road, and The Esplanade and Sea View Road."
post-treatment network is treated during extended periods of cold
weather or snow, defined as being in existence for longer than
24 hours. These roads are treated on an 'as needs' basis, within
the resources available once the main routes are clear."
councillor Chris Williams welcomed the move, but said more clarification
is needed on the exact areas of the roads covered.
Cllr Tom Nicholls added: "I'd like the County Council to
consider adding the whole of Berrow Road to the salting service
- it's such a key route for many people in the Burnham area."
Meanwhile, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council also bought a
grit spreading machine earlier
this year to keep roads free of ice during snowy weather.
Council clerk Eileen Shaw said this week: "The new grit spreader
will be there to help us treat minor roads in the town centre,
should it be needed."
Last year's heavy snowfall in Burnham caused widespread disruption