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Do access routes around our Primary Schools get gritted?

ACCESS STREETS to Hedon Primary School (and Inmans School) do not seem to be gritted for winter according to comments passed on to the Hedon Blog.

Inmans Salt bin
Inmans Salt bin

ACCESS STREETS to Hedon Primary School (and Inmans School) do not seem to be gritted for winter according to comments passed on to the Hedon Blog.

Andrea Solomon told us:

“I hope you don’t mind if I have a little rant… I’ve lived down Ketwell Lane for 11 years and when we have bad weather we never have any gritters or any salt down our street..it is the main route to Hedon Primary School, Hawthorn House residential home and Haven Vets.

It becomes treacherous underfoot. I wondered if other Hedon folk  feel it should be gritted to safeguard our children going to and from school? Also Stockwell Lane isn’t treated either, which means all entrances to Hedon Primary aren’t.”

After Andrea posted this on our Facebook Page a discussion ensued which also raised the issue of gritting around Inmans School – apparently one child fell on the ice near the school yesterday. Inmans has a salt bin nearby on St Nicholas Gate (although it was looking empty and battered a few days before the snow when this photograph was taken) and a common perception seems to be that the school has to do its own gritting on access streets?

On the gritting map for the town provided by the East Riding Council it appears that the roads around Inmans would get gritted but not Ketwell Lane. Only the footpaths in the centre of town get salted. However, we do know that Hedon Town Council carries out its own gritting – although we are not sure where and which footpaths are done.

Hedon and Preston Street Sating Map

Hedon footpath salting map
ERYC Hedon footpath salting map

Hedon Blog: We’ll seek clarification about gritting/salting around schools from the East Riding and Hedon Town councils

We have received the following comments from Hedon Town Council clerk Joanna Richardson:

“Hedon Town Council published its severe weather plan which outlines what action it will take in cases of severe weather (snow and ice). The document can be viewed on the Hedon Town Council website: http://www.hedon.gov.uk. However, due to the prolonged severity of the current cold weather spell additional areas will be gritted on a best endeavours basis and subject to resources being available. Today we will carry out gritting around both Hedon primary schools.”

We have reproduced the council’s severe weather plan below:

7 thoughts on “Do access routes around our Primary Schools get gritted?

  1. Please see this News Release issued this afternoon by the East Riding Council:

    COUNCIL PREPARING WEEKEND OPERATIONS WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FORECAST FOR THE EAST RIDING

    East Riding of Yorkshire Council will continue to operate around the clock over the coming days and has put operational plans in place for the weekend, with heavy snowfall forecast by the Met Office across the area on Friday and potentially on Sunday and Monday.

    Blizzard conditions, sub-zero temperatures and drifting are likely to cause hazardous driving conditions and the council is strongly advising motorists to only take essential journeys, drive to the conditions, plan journeys in advance to allow extra time and stay to the main treated network, wherever possible.

    Salt stocks at the council’s barns remain healthy and orders are in place to replenish these as they are used. The council is also refilling salt bins and depositing salt piles for use by residents.

    Gritters are continuing to treat the East Riding’s precautionary and secondary networks and staff from grounds and street-sweeping have been diverted to snow and ice clearing operations in high-pedestrian areas.

    Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “Forecasts are indicating that between 10 and 20cm of snow could fall tomorrow and over the weekend in the East Riding and the council is putting plans in place to ensure the main highways stay open.

    “The council continues to take stock of salt and is refilling salt bins and depositing salt piles at strategic locations around the East Riding for use by residents.

    “The council advises motorists to only make essential journeys and to drive to the conditions, allow extra time for journeys and stay to the treated network, wherever possible.

    “On minor roads, conditions will remain treacherous and the council continues to speak with town and parish councils to enact their winter plans and help alleviate problems locally.

    “During this spell of winter weather, the council asks that residents ensure family, friends and neighbours, particularly older and more vulnerable people, stay safe and warm and have necessary provisions.”

    For further information about severe weather, visit the severe weather advice and guidance page on the council’s website or follow @ER_roads on Twitter.

  2. Hedon Town Council published its severe weather plan which outlines what action it will take in cases of severe weather (snow and ice). The document can be viewed on the Hedon Town Council website: http://www.hedon.gov.uk. However, due to the prolonged severity of the current cold weather spell additional areas will be gritted on a best endeavours basis and subject to resources being available. Today we will carry out gritting around both Hedon primary schools.

    J Richardson
    TOWN CLERK
    HEDON TOWN COUNCIL

  3. With regard to school entrances getting gritted. I agree they should be gritted for the safety of the children. I live in Paull and have emailed the ERYC about gritting the back road between Paull and Thorngumbald. The school bus ( a double decker) uses this road daily collecting pupils to take to SHTC in Preston and then returns them after school. In this weather the road is treacherous and I think an accident is just waiting to happen. It should be gritted.

  4. John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding Council has just said in a news release (not specifically on our local issue, but still relevant):

    “On minor roads, conditions remain treacherous and the council continues to speak with town and parish councils who enact their winter plans, funded through the town and parish grants scheme, to tackle issues in towns and villages, as the council concentrates on keeping the main roads open.”

    “The council’s gritters have treated the equivalent of 10,000 km over the past few days and will again be treating the precautionary and secondary networks, around 50 per cent of the East Riding’s 3,500 km of highway network, today.”

  5. As you can see from the maps, ERYC only cover the main through routes with their big gritting trucks, and they do pavements in certain areas.
    Following receipt of a grant last year, Hedon Town Council bought a manual gritter, the size of a barrow, and it is used on an ad hoc basis, when and where needed. I’ll get the message though to the Town Clerk, and/or the works supervisor and ask if they can organise to get to Inmans, and Ketwell schools, and to top up salt bins where required,

    John Dennis

    1. Maybe all that money town council charge for the non residents cemetery burials might actually afford to put some grit on paths down to the gravesides too, the fees are high enough and claimed to be for maintenance yet conditions treacherous on visits, especially for the elderly?

      Also agree that back road Paull to thorn needs to be done as a bus route this had not been done for tues after the snowfall.

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