Anger at lack of grit in Epping as cold weather takes hold

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Belinda Job and Nina Aim with their bag of grit Belinda Job and Nina Aim with their bag of grit

Not enough is being done to help keep roads and pavements free of snow and ice, neighbours say.

In previous winters, people have been able to use boxes of grit filled by the authorities to make their streets safe in cold weather.

But people living in Beaconfield Road in Epping say their salt bin has not been filled so far this year and they have only been able to claim a tiny amount of grit.

Belinda Job, who lives near the brow of the hill in the road, said: “I was shocked when I saw the size of the bag – it wouldn’t fill a Tesco bag.

“As far as I’m aware, I’m the only one in Beaconsfield Road with one of these bags.

“It’s absurd. I can’t even do the brow of the hill with this much salt.”

She said she had been told by Essex County Council that they would not be refilling the box near her home, which helped neighbours cope with last year’s snowy weather.

The 48-year-old added: “We’re very community-minded. It’s a bit like the Blitz mentality.

“But the facility to put the salt down has been taken away from us and it’s unbelievable.

“We’ve paid our council tax for this.”

Her neighbour Nina Aim, 50, said: “A couple of years ago, a car ploughed down that road and hit another car.

“I had to go and buy some salt so I could do our road. I shouldn’t have to go out and buy it.”

Epping Town Council handed out the small bags, which were provided by Essex County Council, in November.

Clerk Ash Tadjrishi said: “The county council contacted us to see if we would like a small allocation of salt that could be used for the community, for example in front of a doctor’s surgery or a communal area.

“The county council is responsible for gritting and this was really for access use.”

He added that the town council had been inundated by the number of people asking for salt bags.

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10:51am Tue 15 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Exaggerations. Why do they not just make do like the rest of the UK
Exaggerations. Why do they not just make do like the rest of the UK Cornbeefur

11:34am Tue 15 Jan 13

word of mouth says...

If people only used the grit for the path and roads that would be fine but they do their drive ways and own paths and then wonder why there isn't any later in the year. Also, why didn't anybody let the council know the bin was empty before the snow came, If keeping the paths safe is that important to these people, then maybe they should be more proactive.
If people only used the grit for the path and roads that would be fine but they do their drive ways and own paths and then wonder why there isn't any later in the year. Also, why didn't anybody let the council know the bin was empty before the snow came, If keeping the paths safe is that important to these people, then maybe they should be more proactive. word of mouth

11:52am Tue 15 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

word of mouth wrote:
If people only used the grit for the path and roads that would be fine but they do their drive ways and own paths and then wonder why there isn't any later in the year. Also, why didn't anybody let the council know the bin was empty before the snow came, If keeping the paths safe is that important to these people, then maybe they should be more proactive.
They would rather pretend it was like the Blitz and tell all their friend up the pub how they have been shovelling grit all day and get their mushes in the paper.
[quote][p][bold]word of mouth[/bold] wrote: If people only used the grit for the path and roads that would be fine but they do their drive ways and own paths and then wonder why there isn't any later in the year. Also, why didn't anybody let the council know the bin was empty before the snow came, If keeping the paths safe is that important to these people, then maybe they should be more proactive.[/p][/quote]They would rather pretend it was like the Blitz and tell all their friend up the pub how they have been shovelling grit all day and get their mushes in the paper. Cornbeefur

11:58am Tue 15 Jan 13

dtmgables says...

pop to a petrol station and part with a fiver for a bag of your own grit salt if it that important! we have had one day of about 0.5cm of snow fall... I think these people need to get out a little bit more!!
pop to a petrol station and part with a fiver for a bag of your own grit salt if it that important! we have had one day of about 0.5cm of snow fall... I think these people need to get out a little bit more!! dtmgables

4:57pm Tue 15 Jan 13

BelieveBJ says...

Actually, the council have been phoned since last summer by various residents in this road...several times regarding this particular grit bin...
3 firefighters live in this road....steep hill, and need to get to the fire station!
We the residents have had to push them out in the past two years....To get to work, to potentially help YOU.
I personally have purchased bags of salt for the road, at £3 a time from tesco.....
What is your points being made here??
We ALL clear the road happily, but the salt....KEEPS IT SAFE....
Nothing to do with stories at the pub....
Just looking out for each other actually....and expecting the council to do their bit....
Actually, the council have been phoned since last summer by various residents in this road...several times regarding this particular grit bin... 3 firefighters live in this road....steep hill, and need to get to the fire station! We the residents have had to push them out in the past two years....To get to work, to potentially help YOU. I personally have purchased bags of salt for the road, at £3 a time from tesco..... What is your points being made here?? We ALL clear the road happily, but the salt....KEEPS IT SAFE.... Nothing to do with stories at the pub.... Just looking out for each other actually....and expecting the council to do their bit.... BelieveBJ

5:43pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

'I personally have purchased bags of salt for the road, at £3 a time from tesco'

Whoopy do! That should take care of a window box then
'I personally have purchased bags of salt for the road, at £3 a time from tesco' Whoopy do! That should take care of a window box then Cornbeefur

7:57pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Alan_1976 says...

BelieveBJ wrote:
Actually, the council have been phoned since last summer by various residents in this road...several times regarding this particular grit bin...
3 firefighters live in this road....steep hill, and need to get to the fire station!
We the residents have had to push them out in the past two years....To get to work, to potentially help YOU.
I personally have purchased bags of salt for the road, at £3 a time from tesco.....
What is your points being made here??
We ALL clear the road happily, but the salt....KEEPS IT SAFE....
Nothing to do with stories at the pub....
Just looking out for each other actually....and expecting the council to do their bit....
Ignore the troll. He has no points to make. For someone commenting about faces in the paper he is addicted to making hateful comments on here.
[quote][p][bold]BelieveBJ[/bold] wrote: Actually, the council have been phoned since last summer by various residents in this road...several times regarding this particular grit bin... 3 firefighters live in this road....steep hill, and need to get to the fire station! We the residents have had to push them out in the past two years....To get to work, to potentially help YOU. I personally have purchased bags of salt for the road, at £3 a time from tesco..... What is your points being made here?? We ALL clear the road happily, but the salt....KEEPS IT SAFE.... Nothing to do with stories at the pub.... Just looking out for each other actually....and expecting the council to do their bit....[/p][/quote]Ignore the troll. He has no points to make. For someone commenting about faces in the paper he is addicted to making hateful comments on here. Alan_1976

8:36pm Tue 15 Jan 13

BelieveBJ says...

Thank you Alan, for your comment, we are just trying to alert Essex residents what the count council decided last year about ALL the grit boxes in Essex....none are to be filled. I will ignore the negative comments, and will as always, cheerfully keep doing my best to help my neighbours.
Thank you Alan, for your comment, we are just trying to alert Essex residents what the count council decided last year about ALL the grit boxes in Essex....none are to be filled. I will ignore the negative comments, and will as always, cheerfully keep doing my best to help my neighbours. BelieveBJ

10:46am Wed 16 Jan 13

dtmgables says...

BelieveBJ wrote:
Thank you Alan, for your comment, we are just trying to alert Essex residents what the count council decided last year about ALL the grit boxes in Essex....none are to be filled. I will ignore the negative comments, and will as always, cheerfully keep doing my best to help my neighbours.
The boxes are not filled for the precise reason that residents will needlessly help themselves to the contents, to the extent that when it is really needed there is none left!

And please dont insult peoples intelligence regarding comments about firefighters living in your street as reason for special treatment. You do not live in a different world to the rest of us. We all have to cope with slightly adverse weather conditions at certain periods throughout the year.

Leave the council to get on with helping out the whole of their constituency not just your 'little Britain'.....
[quote][p][bold]BelieveBJ[/bold] wrote: Thank you Alan, for your comment, we are just trying to alert Essex residents what the count council decided last year about ALL the grit boxes in Essex....none are to be filled. I will ignore the negative comments, and will as always, cheerfully keep doing my best to help my neighbours.[/p][/quote]The boxes are not filled for the precise reason that residents will needlessly help themselves to the contents, to the extent that when it is really needed there is none left! And please dont insult peoples intelligence regarding comments about firefighters living in your street as reason for special treatment. You do not live in a different world to the rest of us. We all have to cope with slightly adverse weather conditions at certain periods throughout the year. Leave the council to get on with helping out the whole of their constituency not just your 'little Britain'..... dtmgables

1:13pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BelieveBJ says...

Dtmgables...
You do not live in this street....I do.
The residents use the grit for the road....not even the public pavement.
The point of the article is not just about our grit bin.....but all the grit bins across essex......it is a county wide change this year....when more snow comes, then the problems will really set in, and become obvious....meanwhile I will continue to clear the snow along with the residents in our street, including the folks who alerted the guardian to the problems ahead...we all acre aout each other......rare in this day and age.
Cheer up ..... :-)
Dtmgables... You do not live in this street....I do. The residents use the grit for the road....not even the public pavement. The point of the article is not just about our grit bin.....but all the grit bins across essex......it is a county wide change this year....when more snow comes, then the problems will really set in, and become obvious....meanwhile I will continue to clear the snow along with the residents in our street, including the folks who alerted the guardian to the problems ahead...we all acre aout each other......rare in this day and age. Cheer up ..... :-) BelieveBJ

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