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

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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?”

10 comments

  • I'm usually gritting my teeth whan I receive my grossly inflated council tax bill for rotten roads,inadequate street lighting and ice rink pavements! What do councils do, apart from expand their empires and screw us for tax! A little salt on pavements is not rocket science,but too much for local government to organise! repairing broken bones and ice related accidents is much more costly!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I'm usually gritting my teeth whan I receive my grossly inflated council tax bill for rotten roads,inadequate street lighting and ice rink pavements! What do councils do, apart from expand their empires and screw us for tax! A little salt on pavements is not rocket science,but too much for local government to organise! repairing broken bones and ice related accidents is much more costly!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I'm usually gritting my teeth whan I receive my grossly inflated council tax bill for rotten roads,inadequate street lighting and ice rink pavements! What do councils do, apart from expand their empires and screw us for tax! A little salt on pavements is not rocket science,but too much for local government to organise! repairing broken bones and ice related accidents is much more costly!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Good to hear. Also there are too many businesses that leave their entrances to officesshops like ice skating rinks.They use health and safety laws as protection for themselves against potential litigation, rather than for the benefit of its employers and customers. Maybe the EDP could do a story around this.

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    Jonas

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • " Why would you salt the roads but not the pavements? ". This is the best thing anyone has said in the whole snowice debate .You can repair your car if you have a bump , if you break your wrist or arm , you`re helpless .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Strange - I thought we paid council tax for this - anyway my nearest bin is nearly a 1mile away!!

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    biglingers

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I'm usually gritting my teeth whan I receive my grossly inflated council tax bill for rotten roads,inadequate street lighting and ice rink pavements! What do councils do, apart from expand their empires and screw us for tax! A little salt on pavements is not rocket science,but too much for local government to organise! repairing broken bones and ice related accidents is much more costly!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • in canada where we live home owners have to clear there 'pavement ' infront of there property within 24 hours of a snow fall or run the risk of a heavy fine and we actualy get heavy snow falls that makeyours look like aheavy frost. It works for us so why not do something about it yourselves.

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    Frances Nelson

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I'm usually gritting my teeth whan I receive my grossly inflated council tax bill for rotten roads,inadequate street lighting and ice rink pavements! What do councils do, apart from expand their empires and screw us for tax! A little salt on pavements is not rocket science,but too much for local government to organise! repairing broken bones and ice related accidents is much more costly!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I would like to know these grit bins are located. I can't remember seeing any around for years.

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    Bunny

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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