Buxton OAPs fear winter as gritters miss roads

Milton Court residents, who say the council don't grit the streets in their neighbourhood, leaving them stranded.

Milton Court residents, who say the council don't grit the streets in their neighbourhood, leaving them stranded.

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A Buxton resident claims nearly 200 pensioners are left stranded in his neighbourhood every winter, because the roads and pavements don’t get gritted.

Paul Booth, of Milton Court, on Hartington Road, said Derbyshire County Council neglects to grit near his retirement home every year, meaning residents cannot go out.

The 63-year-old explained it was not just the 36 flats where he lived that get cut off by the cold conditions, but also the nearby Hartington Gardens sheltered housing, Argyle Care Home and Derby House nursing home.

He said: “It’s been going on for years. We’ve even had petitions in the past but the council just fob me off. We can’t get to the market or collect our pensions.

“We can’t get to Sainsbury’s or the bus stop. Most people round here are in their 70s and 80s. Last year, I personally approached one of the men gritting and asked him to come up our way. This year, we want to preempt getting trapped and want the council to take action. It gets like an ice rink out there.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “With more than 3,000 miles of roads in Derbyshire it’s impossible to grit them all. Fountain Street, Broad Walk and Hartington Road in Buxton are not on the main gritting routes. But we do treat around 1,555 miles of roads – including all A roads, heavily used B roads and most bus routes – which is more than most councils.”