Dec 12 2012 By Louise Reilly
East Kilbride residents have called on South Lanarkshire Council to change their policy on gritting pavements.
It follows a huge number of complaints to the News about
slippery ice-covered footways.
Almost 150 went on to our Facebook page to complain about the lack of grit on pavements.
And as the mercury slipped to minus four yesterday morning (Tuesday), others got in touch to say they or family members had injured themselves after falling on walkways covered with ice. The council say they are only able to grit five per cent of pavements across South Lanarkshire.
But that isn’t enough for East Mains resident Lorraine Kerr who slammed the authority over the state of Bosfield Road.
Her husband has already fallen on the icebound pavement and she is terrified her children will seriously injure themselves.
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” she said. “The pavement is like an ice rink. My husband Richard has already fallen and badly jarred his wrist .
“There is at least a four-inch layer of ice which isn’t melting despite the fact we have been putting salt down. There is also a continual stream of water running underneath the ice which is just freezing over. I have phoned the council time after time but nothing is being done.
“I am terrified my children fall going to and from school.
“If they fall they are hitting solid ice and are going to break something or do themselves a serious injury.
“And we’re also worried about elderly neighbours. One fell and broke a bone a few years ago and it will happen again.”
Greenhills dad Ian Archbold hit out after his pregnant wife fell on an ungritted pavement.
Kelly, who is six months pregnant, was on her way to collect her daughter from nursery when she slipped at the entrance to the underpass at Stroud Road leading to St Louise and Heathery Knowe primary schools.
She was extremely shaken but escaped serious injury.
Ian said: “It is a disgrace the council aren’t gritting the pavements in busy areas instead of alongside expressways where no one really walks.
“My wife now gets my nine-year-old son to walk in front of her and scuff his feet to check for ice and I know of some people who are even too scared to go outside.”
A spokes-man for the council said: “At the start of each winter, we tell the public what we will do as a council in terms of gritting routes.
“When snow or ice is forecast, we grit 50 per cent of our road network – eight per cent more than the Scottish average. We grit five per cent of our footways across the whole of South Lanarkshire. It would be impossible, both in terms of finance and resources, to grit every road and footway in our area.”