Lives at risk because our roads won't be
gritted, warn Burnham councillors
will be put at risk in
winter because many roads in the town will not be gritted, councillors
warned this week.
stark message came after town councillors were presented with
the County Council's plans
to grit far fewer roads in the town in order to make savings.
county councillor Mike Facey, pictured with the document from
told Burnham-On-Sea.com the situation is "farcical."
council tax rates are going up by up to 10 per cent, but what
are we getting for our money?"
Burnham-On-Sea Mayor Cllr Eric Gill said at Tuesday's meeting
of the town council: "The majority of roads in the town will
not get treated unless we have continuous, severe weather."
will apparently have to look after their own safety, but many
may therefore be put in danger."
document reveals that the road between Brean and Burnham will
not be pre-treated, along with many other routes in Burnham.
Neville Jones blasted the plans as "incredibly short-sighted"
and said that many bus services would not be able to operate if
forecasters' predictions of a harsh winter come true.
roads that will be treated include key routes, such as the A38
through Highbridge, Burnham Road and Love Lane.
Peter Clayton said: "Once again, Burnham residents are being
treated as second class citizens."