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Council on thin ice as MP turns up the heat on County Hall snow failings

Council on thin ice as MP turns up the heat on County Hall snow failings

As scores of Chesterfield residents remain trapped in their homes and unable to reach public transport, Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield has held emergency talks with Derbyshire County Council. Despite no snowfall in a number of days, there is still disruption to bus routes, housing estates have almost entirely frozen over, and the Council’s plans to support the most vulnerable have been branded as “reactive and inadequate” by the MP after receiving dozens more phone calls from concerned local people.

Derbyshire County Council’s priorities seem not to be working, as many bus routes remain either affected or entirely postponed due to snow and ice on the roads. Despite the buildup of heavy snow on roadsides, the Council is yet to enforce a car removal policy contrary to expert advice. Piles of snow, built up from the use of snow ploughs down main roads, remains an obstacle for pedestrians, buses and cars.

Unlike bordering authorities, Chesterfield’s bus service came to a grinding halt, pensioners became prisoners in their own homes when bungalow complexes were not cleared of snow and ice, and several town centre shoppers were injured after slipping on the snow covered pavements. Royal Mail, unable to send its postal staff out in such dangerous conditions, was reduced to a much reduced delivery with many residents going without mail for almost a week.

After holding emergency talks with Derbyshire County Council Mr. Perkins said:-

“Nobody doubts that this weather is exceptional, but the response by Derbyshire County Council has been reactive and inadequate. Over one week since the last snow flake fell, many areas of our town are in a state of gridlock and the most vulnerable are struggling to leave their homes. I will be urging the Council to create a proactive, town wide contingency for heavy snowfall in the future as all the evidence suggests these conditions will become more and more frequent”.

One Response to “Council on thin ice as MP turns up the heat on County Hall snow failings”

  1. mrs d brooks says:

    just to inform you that we have not had a refuse collection now since 25th november and i have spoken to the council refuse dept who say they will not collect my bins now until 16th december due to the adverse weather and safety issues of the employees.They will then only take the bin plus 3 extra bin liners this will have to accomodate actually 4 weeks of our house hold rubbish.Annoyingly i find this difficult to understand as apparantly streets in North East Derbyshire have had collections only very near to where we live and the conditions are no different. I dont suppose that we will be getting a reduction in council tax to compensate for the reduction of collections and annoyingly it seems to be acceptable for residents to have to attempt to try and get around the borough on pavements that are absolutely treatarous but not council employees , perhaps as they have not been able to collect rubbish they could be kitted out in suitable safety equipment and put to use clearing the pavements and cul de sacs in order to get things moving again .

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