I’m probably not doing myself any favours here but I have a bit of sympathy for the council when it comes under fire for roads not being gritted.
I’m not sure exactly how many miles of carriageway the local authority is responsible for, but it’s a lot.
Divide that by the number of gritters they have at their disposal and you’ll see the mammoth task they face.
Working flat out, they’ll keep priority routes clear but it’s unrealistic to expect that every road in every housing estate will be treated.
Of course, some may argue that they should invest in more gritters. But does that really make sense? Can you imagine the outcry there would be if, in these financially challenged times, rows and row of shiney new vehicles were lined up in council yards, sitting idle for the vast majority of the year while other services were cut?
Sometimes we have to take on some responsibility ourselves by clearing snow and utilising the grit boxes that sit on the corner of many of our streets.