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New initiative to supply free grit to residents 16.02.10

Sutton Council has announced the allocation of £70,000 in funds to provide extra grit stocks, grit bins and a new gritting vehicle to help keep the borough moving during spells of cold weather.

The new initiative will ensure that residents in Sutton have a supply of grit to clear the driveway and pavement outside their house.

An extra 120 grit bins will now be placed in essential areas around Sutton, increasing the number available to 250.

An additional grit store will be provided to double the storage capacity from 700 tonnes to 1,400 tonnes and help to ensure that residents' bins can be replenished, even in prolonged periods of snow or ice. 

Local Committees will help to decide which areas need the grit bins the most. The location of these bins will then be added to a map on the council website. If residents require extra grit, supplies will be placed around the borough, in the autumn, for residents to collect.

A series of new measures will also be taken to help keep roads clear. This includes the purchase of a new gritting vehicle and new grit spreading equipment that can be attached to council vehicles to be able to cover more minor roads. Fifteen extra hand held grit spreaders will also be purchased to allow staff to clear main pavements and walkways quicker.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council said: "The last few months have seen some truly extreme cold weather. This has followed a similar cold spell last February which we responded to by increasing grit stocks and the provision of grit bins. After the latest cold snap, the harshest in thirty years, we have reacted by doubling the stores of grit, the number of grit bins and securing the lease of an additional gritting vehicle.

"We are committed to responding to the views of local people and creating policies which allow residents to help themselves. Our aim is to ensure that the borough is in the strongest possible position to react to the next period of extreme weather." 

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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