Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Council failed West Derby during snow says local Lib Dem - regen question 6 Jan

Councillor Norman Mills, a Lib Dem Councillor representing West Derby ward, is calling on Liverpool City Council to re think it's gritting routes after snow and ice caused major problems in the centre of West Derby.

Councillor Mills is pressing senior Labour politicians and the Council's Chief Executive for action and answers.

As part of his campaign he's put in a question to the Council's regeneration select committee, which meets tomorrow (6th Jan).  The text of the question is below

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During the recent heavy snowfalls, Three Major Roads through the centre of West Derby Village and the Ward were not gritted causing considerable problems. When I contacted Senior Managers in the Planning and Transportation  Departments, I was informed that none of the Roads was included in the Gritting Programme, and therefore would not be treated.

I have written to the Chief Executive and the Executive Councillors for Regeneration and the Environment, but would like assurances that this situation will be looked at urgently before the situation occurs again in this bad Winter. The Three Roads, Town Row, Almonds Green and
Leyfield Road
, are Major routes from East to West Liverpool for thousands of motorists, and intersect at West Derby Village- which is the heart of West Derby Ward. There are at least 4 large Primary schools on these Roads, and also the Secondary schools of Cardinal Heenan and Broughton Hall at the
Leyfield Road
Honeysgreen Lane
junction. Town Row and
Leyfield Road
are major routes to Yew Tree and Knotty Ash wards, whilst Almonds Green is an access route to Fazakerley Hospital, Clubmoor and Croxteth wards.

The majority of motorists in West Derby use these three Roads to either drive to work, take children to School, to access shops, or to visit family and friends.  Residents of West Derby, and I are amazed that major bus routes such as these three Roads are not included in the Gritting Programme. If the local schools had not been on holiday during the snowfalls, there would have been massive congestion on these three roads, as well as many more minor accidents unfortunately.

Can I ask for assurances from the Executive Councillor and this Committee that the situation will be reviewed urgently? (To date ( 4th January) I have had no reply from the Chief Executive, whom I wrote to on the 22nd December).

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