A council is on thin ice with angry residents over their response to clearing roads and pathways during snowfall this winter.
People living in Mexborough claimed numerous grit bins were left poorly stocked and situated in the wrong areas. Residents said this left elderly people struggling to get out and about to the shops, while vehicles were observed to skid dangerously near schools.
They are urging the council to review their response to heavy snowfall, re-site grit bins into hilly areas more likely to be adversely affected and ensure bins are continually re-stocked.
Father-of-two Sean Gibbons, 40, of Park Road, Mexborough, said: “There needs to be a proper ‘snow plan’ agreed each year. I understand that an old age pensioner fell near a bus stop at the bottom of Hawes Close, off Hirst Gate. The need for a grit bin in this area has been raised several times.
“I observed several vehicles skidding and swerving at the end of Park Road as they approached the Cemetery Road junction. One vehicle slid sidewards and almost ended up in a nearby school railings.”
Peter Dale, director of environment for Doncaster Council, said: “The location of grit bins in Doncaster is carefully considered on a number of criteria, especially focused on hilly areas. There are currently three bins within a short distance of Hawes Close, and we re-assess the locations of grit bins after every winter to make sure there is a balance between sufficient coverage and being able to replenish and manage the bins we have.”
He added grit bins are always re-filled “as soon as possible.”