Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Gritting cuts to impact local roads

by willforster on 3 April, 2018

According to the Woking Advertiser, Surrey County Council is considering downgrading Loop Road and York Road from its gritting routes as part of its policy to cut £340,000 from its winter maintenance budget.

I am very concerned the County Council wants to remove Loop Road and York Road from its ‘Priority One’ gritting network, and I have objected to the roads having their gritting priority downgraded.  Both roads are busy roads in south Woking, so I think they should always be gritted when we have snow and icy conditions.

More generally, I do not think the Council should be cutting such a significant amount from its winter maintenance budget or removing roads from gritting routes.  This will cause considerable inconvenience to residents and could result in accidents, endangering drivers and pedestrians alike.

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