Councillors Rejected Gritting Plan
Posted by chdot on January 13, 2010
In November officials in the Council’s City Development Department submitted proposals to councillors that, if approved, would have meant that the city’s main cycle commuting (and leisure) routes would be added to the priority gritting list.
“Purpose of report
1 To advise the Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee of the results of the review into increasing the scope of treatment to the roads and pavements in Edinburgh to include the main off-road cycle paths in the city and to advise of the potential cost of such treatment.”
Currently only Middle Meadow Walk is on any priority list – “Pavement Category 2″ which means being dealt with ‘when resources permit’ – in spite of being a major walk/cycle route with a continuous slope at the north end.
Councillors were told that “the additional cost of treatment would be between £ 70,000 -£100,000 for which there is no current budget provision.” Presumably this included some capital spending rather than just salt and labour(?)
Councillors, not supplied with crystal balls to predict the last few weeks, decided that this was too much money to find.
If you disagree – particularly if you have experienced dangerous paths due to ice or frozen ‘tramlines’, or had the experience of being forced into roadside slush by impatient motorists – you might like to contact the Chair of the TIEC Gordon Mackenzie and/or your local councillors.