Cuts to winter road gritting in North Yorkshire start of slippery slope - Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Dave Ellis, Magdalen Road, Hedon.

Winter scenes with a tractor gritting the Malham Tarn to Settle road in the Yorkshire Dales after sub zero temperatures hit the region in January. Photo: Tony Johnson.

I SYMPATHISE with residents 
in Richmondshire, Harrogate and Craven when officials 
refuse to consider additional winter gritting of roads 
(The Yorkshire Post, August 
17).

Requests for a review by residents, councillors and businesses are just put to 
one side by officers on the grounds of not enough money being in the highways budget.

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As more larger housing 
estates are being built, often in areas where there is an incline due to the topography of the land, there is a need for road gritting.

Winter scenes with a tractor gritting the Malham Tarn to Settle road in the Yorkshire Dales after sub zero temperatures hit the region in January. Photo: Tony Johnson.

At the same time, more income is generated for North Yorkshire County Council 
with additional council tax revenues due to the increase in properties.

I hope that these requests have had a proper ‘‘risk assessment’’, and that these are made public to those who requested 42 routes of additional winter gritting in the four district authorities in North Yorkshire.

With a larger unitary 
authority from 2023, and the inevitable financial pressures across the county, I would like to put on record my prediction that things are bound to get a lot worse regarding highway maintenance, as the passage of time will tell.

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