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‘We are encouraging people to grit pavements where they can’ - Norfolk council bosses insist everyone can play their part in gritting effort

PUBLISHED: 10:33 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:33 18 January 2013

Stefan Holmes and Benny Tye keeping the grit bins filled in Norwich.  Photo: Bill Smith

Stefan Holmes and Benny Tye keeping the grit bins filled in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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Council bosses are urging people to make use of grit bins to rid pavements outside their homes of snow and ice.

Conditions continued to prove troublesome for pedestrians yesterday, with several asking questions about who should ensure they are cleared.

Norwich City Council said it aimed to clear footways in the commercial area of the city centre and foot bridges crossing ring roads.

The authority has asked its contractors to treat approaches to crossing points.

At Norfolk County Council, spokesman Steve Sanders said: “We do grit pavements where we can and we have gritted in some places including the key shopping areas in King’s Lynn and Norwich. They are on our priority routes. We are encouraging people to grit pavements where they can. The other thing we do is we have worked with town councils to provide training and help for volunteer groups for gritting. Swaffham is a good example.”

The Met Office has advised people not to be put off clearing paths because they were afraid someone will get injured. They said people walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful.

Elliot Moppitt, 22, a sales assistant from Norwich, said: “It’s not been dealt with well. Six years ago they had it this bad and we were unprepared. They’ve done nothing about it. The paths are like ice rinks.”

But South Walsham student Will McKenzie, 18, said: “I don’t think they can prepare well. I’ve been impressed with the buses and they’ve gritted the roads well, though I don’t really know about the pavements. I’ve seen three women fall over today.”

For Keith Goddard, 56, a sales assistant from Norwich, said: “Why would you salt the roads but not the pavements?”

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