Councils icy on snow plea

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TWO Derbyshire authorities have snubbed the county council’s plea for help with clearing snow this winter.

Bolsover and NE Derbyshire district councils have said they do not have suffient resources or funding to help Derbyshire County Council clear footpaths in eight locations including Bolsover, Shirebrook, Dronfield and Eckington.

Derbyshire County Council’s highways chief Cllr Simon Spencer said he was “extremely disappointed” by the news.

“It’s a shame for the residents of Bolsover and NE Derbyshire because they’re the people who are going to suffer,” he added.

Bolsover District Council’s deputy leader Cllr Alan Tomlinson said: “We appreciate that with winter fast approaching our residents are becoming concerned about this issue and after considering the request, we have had to decline it as we don’t have the necessary resources to carry out the services we’re legally responsible for in addition to gritting the footpaths which, ultimately, is the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council.”

A NE Derbyshire District Council spokesman added: “The level of funding that the county council were offering would not cover the cost of this additional work so we cannot afford to offer the degree of support asked for.”

Both Bolsover and NE Derbyshire district councils insisted the decisions were not politically motivated.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “All other district and numerous parish councils across Derbyshire have signed up to work with us to improve snow and ice clearing services during bad weather.”

• For more on the council’s new gritting plans, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.