These are the Worthing roads where gritting is being stopped

The exact Worthing roads where gritting will no longer take place during cold weather have been revealed in maps sent to the Herald.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 1:02 pm

West Sussex County Council has decided to reduce the percentage of the road network it grits from 41 per cent to 31 per cent as part of cost-cutting measures.

Roads which will no longer be gritted in the Worthing borough include West Parade, South Farm Road, the majority of Marine Parade, Terringes Avenue, Church Road and Glebe Road, Wiston Avenue, St Lawrence Avenue, Ringmer Road, Canterbury Road, the western part of Tarring Road, Elm Grove, Reigate Road, Grand Avenue, Wallace Avenue, Lansdowne Road, George V Avenue, Becket Road and Pavilion Road.

Other roads include Brougham Road in East Worthing; Charmandean Road, Leigh Road and Penfold Road in Broadwater; Adur Avenue, Ivydore Avenue, Burnham Road, Salvington Gardens, Stone Lane, Rogate Road and Cleveland Road in Durrington and Salvington; Boxgrove, The Strand, Maybridge Crescent, The Avenue and Palatine Road in Goring; Hayling Rise and Chute Avenue in High Salvington; Upper Brighton Road and West Street between the town and Sompting; and Langbury Lane, Ferring Street, Sea Lane and Goring Way in Ferring.

Red routes are no longer being gritted, blue wiill continue to be gritted

Michael Jones, leader of the Labour group at County Hall, said: “It looks like the West Sussex Tories have come up with a scheme that abandons virtually all of the towns across the county.

“Residents face the prospect of being snowed in and even more difficulties in getting to work and carrying on their everyday activities in extreme cold weather conditions. It is a recklessly short sighted measure, there’s no recognition that people won’t be able to get on to the roads that have been cleared if their roads are iced up.

“Any motorists or bus users who end up trapped or stranded on such iced up roads will know they only have the local Tories to thank for their predicament.”

Beccy Cooper, leader of the Labour group at Worthing Borough Council, added: “The Conservative administration in Chichester seems unable to appreciate the needs of the largest town in West Sussex and indeed the coastal region as a whole from Bognor to Shoreham. When it comes to slashing front-line services, the county council seems only too ready to pile the biggest burden on the coastal towns.”

A West Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We have taken a risk-based approach to identifying the roads most in need of being treated, which prioritises roads that have highest use and provides access to key facilities across the network.

“To make best use of our finite resources, it is important to focus our efforts on gritting roads where there is high demand, so we have reviewed our West Sussex Winter Service Policy in line with the national code of practice, Well Managed Highway Infrastructure. This means the new service level during icy conditions reduces from 41 per cent of the road network to 31 per cent, which equates to 1,283 km of the network and targets high speed/high volume roads.

“The reduction in the amount of network that we treat does produce savings for the authority as we have reduced the number of gritters and drivers we need. The total savings this year are around £150,000 – however, if we get a prolonged spell of frost and snow then costs will increase.

“The county council will continue to promote a ‘safety first’ message and remind road users that those who drive on public highways should do so in a manner and at a speed that is safe, having regard to such matters as the nature of the road, the weather conditions and the traffic conditions.”

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