Derbyshire gritting route changes approved

Changes to the way Derbyshire's roads are gritted have been approved by the county council.

The authority will now use a new grading system to label roads as either primary, secondary or tertiary routes for salt spreading.

The decision follows a public consultation which a total of 913 people responded to - 76% agreed with the plans.

The council said it had spent £4.5m on gritting last winter.

'Costly system'

Councillor Simon Spencer, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "During really bad and prolonged winter weather, it's extremely difficult to provide an effective gritting service.

"It's also a very costly system and at a time when funds are becoming increasingly tight we needed to look at ways to grit Derbyshire's roads more efficiently and effectively."

The council said it had listened to concerns from residents during the consultation and changes had been made to the routes.

Roads with schools and health centres will now be given higher priority.

Nursing and residential homes which were previously not included on gritting routes will be included on tertiary routes where possible.

Councillor Spencer added: "Unfortunately, we can't grit every road in the county - we just don't have the money. But we'll continue to grit the same amount - at least 47%."

The council said it would still be gritting 1,555 miles of roads.

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