Petition backs Sutton on Sea roads for winter salt spreading

Residents in Sutton on Sea have launched a new petition in a bid to get two ‘arterial roads’ added onto the winter gritting routes.

Steve Palmer, chairman of the Sutton on Sea First Residents Association and town and district councillor, has acted on the suggestion raised by a member of the public at the residents association’s latest meeting.

The hope is for Broadway and York Road to be added to Lincolnshire County Council’s gritting route in the future.

Steve told the Leader the fact that the library, Marisco Medical Practice, public toilets and residential homes were serviced by the roads meant it was essential that they were gritted in icey conditions.

“These are arterial roads and we have to try to get them onto the gritting route,” he said.

“We are hoping to reach 1,000 names on the petition by November 30; this needs addressing and the petition seems to have hit home with people.

“There are services people need on those roads, the buses deviate down there and connect back onto the A52 to Skegness.

“A lot of people I’ve spoken to have been shocked to hear these roads are not on the route.

“We are hoping for support from Sutton on Sea’s councillors on this. This is not political and we need cross party support to get this to happen.”

At present the county council’s 43-strong fleet of gritters covers nearly 2,000 miles of Lincolnshire’s road network each winter, comprising a mixture of A and B routes.

Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council have lobbied the idea to the county council in the past. Town clerk Steve Fletcher said it had recently been stated ‘quite clearly’ by local county councillors that they have tried to add several areas to the primary gritting route.

“In order to do this, a section of a similar size would have to be removed from the existing primary route,” he said.

“The town council have no direct control over this matter, however we are looking at introducing a ‘winter services’ budget for 2013/14 with a view to implementing a ‘self help’ programme in these types of areas.”

David Davies, principal maintenance engineer for the gritting teams, said: “We welcome any requests for new gritting routes submitted via parish councils and will review those for the 2013/14 season.”

Anyone interested in signing a petition can do so at the Post Office or Pets and Gardens in Sutton on Sea High Street, the Fat Seagull at Sandilands, or through local organisations.

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