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Halstead: "One delivery of grit is not enough for winter"
1:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A retired haulier who is pre-empting the winter weather by trying to ensure a salt bin is refilled does not believe it will be enough to last the winter.
John Smith, 68, of Beech Avenue, Halstead, noticed the salt bin at the end of his road was empty but had been told different answers by Braintree Council and Essex County Council when trying to find out when it would be filled.
He has now been told it will be filled once before winter, but Mr Smith fears this will not be enough.
He said: “I guess about £10 for a salt bin to be filled is all it can be, but even if it is £50 that is for 100 cars and vehicles that are going to try and get up that road.
“All it is to me is cuts.”
Mr Smith believes the councils must work better together and is not convinced the salt bin would have been filled had he not have chased the issue up.
An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council has been stocking its salt bins across the county in preparation for winter, which will include the salt bin at the junction of Beech Avenue and Coggeshall Way. The countywide stocking programme should be completed by mid-November.
“As it is necessary to prioritise resources, ECC’s salt bins are stocked at the start of winter and not filled on an ad hoc basis during the season. This is not a new policy."
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