Hertsmere Council blasted for ‘failing to help grit Potters Bar roads’

PUBLISHED: 12:11 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:11 20 December 2017

Chace Avenue, Potters Bar, covered in snow. 
Picture: Matt Dickins

Chace Avenue, Potters Bar, covered in snow. Picture: Matt Dickins

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Potters Bar residents have claimed children’s safety was put at risk after Hertsmere Council failed to help grit roads in the town.

Several people slammed the local authority following last week’s arctic blast, during which some claimed it refused a county council request to help treat the roads.

Potters Bar resident Martha Kitibos said: “I understand it may be difficult to grit every corner of Potters Bar.

“I would have hoped however that at least the area outside school entrances would have been. It was so dangerous and slippery, there are bound to be some accidents involving children.”

A Hertsmere Council spokeswoman said gritting and winter maintenance is Hertfordshire County Council’s responsibility, and claimed it had not received any request for assistance during the recent snowy period.

She added it is willing to support efforts, if requested, provided it has the resources available.

However, a county council spokeswoman said: “During the recent adverse weather, we can confirm that we contacted district and borough councils via our message service on 10 December to request assistance in the clearance of footways.”

Potters Bar resident Maria Alex said: “In heavy snow and freezing conditions, Hertsmere’s main focus should be to keep primary and secondary routes safe for the public.

“This should include bus route roads, as it is important to keep Hertsmere going with as little disruption as possible.

“With such a high footfall on Oakmere Avenue it is shocking we’ve been let down.”

The Hertsmere spokeswoman said its first priority is to ensure refuse collection routes are safe, and claimed despite the snowy conditions crews had been gritting affected roads to ensure vehicles could gain access.

“This year our waste and recycling crews have been out as normal during the snowy conditions,” she said. “Our crews have been working tirelessly to ensure Hertsmere bins are collected, as far as possible.

“Our teams have been gritting affected roads on their routes to ensure the health and safety of our team and allow our waste vehicles to gain access for collections.”

The county council spokeswoman said it prioritises main routes county-wide, details of which can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/winterroads.

“Once we are confident these are clear and likely to remain so, we endeavour to turn our attention to other roads and footways with the help of district and borough councils,” she added.

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