Restore Gritting to Ely Roads

The Conservative-led County Council has announced plans to stop gritting some key Ely roads in icy conditions.

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Essential roads like Back Hill and West Fen Road are on the list along with routes to school such as St John’s Road. But Liberal Democrats across the county have launched a campaign to change the council’s mind.

“Gritting the road outside a school or along a bus route is a pretty basic and important job for the council,” said local campaigner Christine Whelan. “We hope we can change the council’s new policy before it does too much harm.”

Soham Road, the main road through Stuntney, will cease to be gritted under plans from the Conservative-led Council. If enough people
complain, I hope we can change the council’s plans,” said Christine Whelan.

“Gritting these rural roads is important,” said Queen Adelaide resident Rupert Moss-Eccardt, “Branch Bank is hazardous enough as it is and the council has a duty to make it safer.”

We call upon Cambridgeshire County Council to restore gritting to roads in Ely that are no longer on their primary gritting routes, such as West Fen Road and Back Hill. The failure to do so will reduce road safety for pedestrians and cyclists as well as to motor vehicle users.

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