Muir calls for gritting arrangements to be sorted

Cllr Muir in Holywood with
ice covered pavements

North Down Borough Council and the Roads Service need to sort out arrangements for the gritting of town centre footpaths before the winter arrives.

Last year town centre pavements were treacherous and arguments continued concerning who was responsible for gritting them. Towards the end of the cold spell grit was spread by North Down Borough Council but this was widely viewed as too little and too late with businesses trade badly affected.

Earlier this year I raised the issue and again I am urging the Council and Roads Service to come to an arrangement which ensures that town centre pavements are gritted when snow and ice is experienced. We simply cannot afford to leave businesses inaccessible for days.

I will continue to raise this issue at Council meetings until a satisfactory solution is found.