Epping Forest District Council defends car park gritting

A council has defended its decision to grit the area surrounding its offices, after being accused of ‘looking after number one.’

Justin Keen, 40, was shopping in Epping High Street yesterday when he noticed workmen clearing the car park at the council offices there.

He said: “Considering the entire High Street’s pavements haven’t seen a grain of salt since the first snow showers last week, we both thought it typical of the council to be looking after their own interests.

“It’s clear the council has given instructions to clear their car park despite the fact that most of the council workers due in by car will no doubt call in to announce they are staying at home due to the weather.”

But a district council spokeswoman said: “It is not Epping Forest District Council’s responsibility to grit the pavements.

“If staff can’t get in, they can’t help the public, which is why we do it, although we were all asked not to come in too early.”

She added that the same team that cleared the car park on Sunday was gritting all the council’s public car parks across the district, to keep them safe.

Essex County Council, which is responsible for gritting roads, announced today that its lorries treated main routes five times on Sunday and would be back out this afternoon.

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8:36pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Serena9230 says...

It's a shame they forgot to grit the Epping New Road on Friday as it took me over an hour and a half to get from Miller & Carter to Epping Town Centre. The roads were terrible traffic was at a standstill. A complete disgrace especially when we consider how much Council Tax we have to pay. I also noticed a car had skidded into a ditch is there no care for people's safety.
It's a shame they forgot to grit the Epping New Road on Friday as it took me over an hour and a half to get from Miller & Carter to Epping Town Centre. The roads were terrible traffic was at a standstill. A complete disgrace especially when we consider how much Council Tax we have to pay. I also noticed a car had skidded into a ditch is there no care for people's safety. Serena9230

11:14pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Dwee727 says...

EFDC do not grit roads, it's Essex county council. People need to realise this before bad mouthing EFDC. All the roads were bad on Friday, not just going into Epping. Stop moaning people. There's more important things in life.
EFDC do not grit roads, it's Essex county council. People need to realise this before bad mouthing EFDC. All the roads were bad on Friday, not just going into Epping. Stop moaning people. There's more important things in life. Dwee727

3:27pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Paul Skinner says...

Both councils are incompetent. There's no point blaming just the one.

Thankfully I no longer live in either of their jurisdictions.
Both councils are incompetent. There's no point blaming just the one. Thankfully I no longer live in either of their jurisdictions. Paul Skinner

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