Council says no to grit bin plea

A request for Sheringham Town Council to provide a grit bin on Snaefell Park has been turned down by councillors.Two dozen residents wrote asking for the council to buy a bin because people were struggling to drive out of the estate in the icy weather.

A request for Sheringham Town Council to provide a grit bin on Snaefell Park has been turned down by councillors.

Two dozen residents wrote asking for the council to buy a bin because people were struggling to drive out of the estate in the icy weather.

But mayor Noel Gant said the request was refused because road gritting was a highways authority matter, while

Locally-provided bins were aimed at dealing with footpaths.

Also, buying a small bin for �131 or large one for �170, could 'open the floodgates' for other requests and potential expenditure.

The council had the power, but not a duty, to provide grit bins - but during the debate it was pointed out the residents could club together themselves and buy one.

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