East Lancashire grit bin raiders told to 'buy your own'

'Buy your own grit' say councils

'Buy your own grit' say councils

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PEOPLE and businesses across East Lancashire have been asked not to take grit from council-provided bins for personal use.

The plea came as bins in Darwen were emptied soon after being filled by council workers.

The bins are provided on roads not included in main gritting routes and the grit is for use on roads or pavements that become hazardous.

But after reports that some may have been used for personal use such as gritting garden paths, residents were urged to be vigilant.

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said bins around his ward were being emptied alarmingly quickly.

He said: “We only had them filled up a couple of weeks since and they are empty again now.

“It is okay if elderly residents are taking a bucketful to be used around their streets to save walking down to the bin every time.

“But it is when people and businesses have got a garageful it gets a problem.”

Coun Davies said if companies got in touch with the council they would most likely help them out.

He said: “If firms ring the council they will probably be sympathetic and just drop one off for the cost of delivering it.

“At the end of the day, they should buy their own grit, don’t nick ours. The grit in those bins belongs to residents.

“It happens year after year and it is not fair on the people who want to use a bit for their road.”

Lancashire County Coun Tim Ashton said: “I would urge people to use the material in grit bins responsibly.

“In previous years they have been emptied before the bad weather arrived.

“Anecdotal evidence suggests people may have been taking grit and storing it to use on their own driveways, leaving their neighbours unable to tackle icy spots on the roads and pavements.

“I would urge people to be vigilant and let us know if grit is being misused so we can investigate.”

Executive member for regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council Dave Harling said: “It is aimed at helping residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, avoid nasty falls or road accidents.

“Should residents wish to salt their private drives and pathways it is advised that they purchase their own.”

  • If you spot an empty grit bin or untreated road in your area, help our Grit Watch campaign by leaving a message at www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/gritwatch or sending us a tweet with the hashtag #LTgrit.

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10:54am Fri 18 Jan 13

ossym says...

Our bins just contain brine as they let heavy rain in.

PS LT Gritwatch link doesnt work.

(typo'd "Gitwatch" theres a thought.
Our bins just contain brine as they let heavy rain in. PS LT Gritwatch link doesnt work. (typo'd "Gitwatch" theres a thought. ossym
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11:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

HecticBigBoy says...

Team of us try to keep our steep street clear when there is any grit available but as soon as its filled its gone .... at least everyones paths and steps are clear but the streets a death trap. Go back to gritting please then theres no problem (side streets pay the same road tax, council tax and every other tax as people on the main roads don't they?)
Team of us try to keep our steep street clear when there is any grit available but as soon as its filled its gone .... at least everyones paths and steps are clear but the streets a death trap. Go back to gritting please then theres no problem (side streets pay the same road tax, council tax and every other tax as people on the main roads don't they?) HecticBigBoy
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12:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Rishtonian says...

HecticBigBoy wrote:
Team of us try to keep our steep street clear when there is any grit available but as soon as its filled its gone .... at least everyones paths and steps are clear but the streets a death trap. Go back to gritting please then theres no problem (side streets pay the same road tax, council tax and every other tax as people on the main roads don't they?)
Get Real !
for the amount of probems caused do you think that councils can have Manpower and trucks on standbye for just a few days a year
[quote][p][bold]HecticBigBoy[/bold] wrote: Team of us try to keep our steep street clear when there is any grit available but as soon as its filled its gone .... at least everyones paths and steps are clear but the streets a death trap. Go back to gritting please then theres no problem (side streets pay the same road tax, council tax and every other tax as people on the main roads don't they?)[/p][/quote]Get Real ! for the amount of probems caused do you think that councils can have Manpower and trucks on standbye for just a few days a year Rishtonian
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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

woolywords says...

ossym wrote:
Our bins just contain brine as they let heavy rain in.

PS LT Gritwatch link doesnt work.

(typo'd "Gitwatch" theres a thought.
try..
http://www.lancashir
etelegraph.co.uk/li/
grit_watch/
[quote][p][bold]ossym[/bold] wrote: Our bins just contain brine as they let heavy rain in. PS LT Gritwatch link doesnt work. (typo'd "Gitwatch" theres a thought.[/p][/quote]try.. http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/li/ grit_watch/ woolywords
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6:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

nmclean77 says...

I've seen workmen, in vans from out of the area (different area dialling code) remove grit from grit bins, before driving off into the great blue yonder!
I've seen workmen, in vans from out of the area (different area dialling code) remove grit from grit bins, before driving off into the great blue yonder! nmclean77
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