Free grit bags for Hyndburn residents scrapped

A SCHEME lauded as a way to keep Hyndburn moving in the snow has been scrapped. In previous years, residents have been able to call the council to get their hands on one of 4,000 free bags of grit. But that is no longer an option, the leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Miles Parkinson confirmed. Speaking last year, Coun Parkinson said: “By providing the grit bags, we are not only helping local people get in and out of their homes, we’re also helping them get to work and keep local businesses open and help keep Hyndburn moving in the snow.” But the scheme was cancelled because fewer than half of the 4,000 bags were claimed in 2011. The council stored the bags and gave them to shop keepers and doctors’ surgeries so they could remain open during bad spells of weather last winter. Coun Parkinson said: “There was a very poor take up. They were well received in certain quarters but we had over 2,000 not requested. “Last year we gave them to sheltered housing, GP surgeries and we went around and gave them to shopkeepers. "But the problem was people did not want a grit bag until it snowed, but we could not deliver them then, it had to be delivered in November.” Coun Parkinson ruled out buying fewer bags, and said the council had altered its road sweepers so they can deal with snow. Leader of the opposition, Coun Peter Britcliffe said the scheme was hailed as innovative when it was launched under his leadership. He said: “It stopped people raiding the big yellow boxes and it reduced the number of accidents. There are a lot of elderly people in Hyndburn and even if they can afford to buy the bags they struggle to carry them. “The scheme costs around £12,000 to £15,000, which is pennies for the council. “And I’m dismayed they have stopped the scheme this year.”

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3:30pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Davelyn says...

Is the council sure that this facility has been scraped as stated or is to help pay for the 6' Christmas Trees X3 in Rishton which cost £1500. I would gladly supply the council with the same next year for £150.
Is the council sure that this facility has been scraped as stated or is to help pay for the 6' Christmas Trees X3 in Rishton which cost £1500. I would gladly supply the council with the same next year for £150. Davelyn

3:36pm Tue 3 Dec 13

patriotno1 says...

yes,but the silly poinless costly firework display for the christmas lights switch on went ahead.
yes,but the silly poinless costly firework display for the christmas lights switch on went ahead. patriotno1

10:56pm Tue 3 Dec 13

sniper16 says...

And let's keep the xmas lights on in Oswaldtwistle all day.
And let's keep the xmas lights on in Oswaldtwistle all day. sniper16

11:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Black Car Guy. says...

I rang up for a bag and i was told there was none left. Maybe someone could not be bothered to processe my order.
I rang up for a bag and i was told there was none left. Maybe someone could not be bothered to processe my order. Black Car Guy.

11:10pm Tue 3 Dec 13

chammy says...

Pathetic, if half of the sacks were taken its worth it to help the elderly,where i live on a hill the old people are housebound when its bad weather and no roads are gritted and paths are deathtraps no one gives a ****,How can money be wasted on 3 trees,when people are being put in danger,also i bought a real 6ft tree today for £32,why are they paying these ridiculous prices. Get your priorities right!
Pathetic, if half of the sacks were taken its worth it to help the elderly,where i live on a hill the old people are housebound when its bad weather and no roads are gritted and paths are deathtraps no one gives a ****,How can money be wasted on 3 trees,when people are being put in danger,also i bought a real 6ft tree today for £32,why are they paying these ridiculous prices. Get your priorities right! chammy

10:27am Wed 4 Dec 13

vicn1956 says...

Next headlines? Side roads chaos in Hyndburn? Increase in elderly attending hospitals after falls on paths? No comment from M.Parkinson?
Next headlines? Side roads chaos in Hyndburn? Increase in elderly attending hospitals after falls on paths? No comment from M.Parkinson? vicn1956

3:24pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

Like the Tories the councillors will keep their collective heads down and will not see the waste aspect of buying the 3 tree's at £500 each. Perhaps Miles Parkinson would like to donate towards the waste of money from his increase in expenses! Austerity has obviously not arrived in Rishton just yet?
Like the Tories the councillors will keep their collective heads down and will not see the waste aspect of buying the 3 tree's at £500 each. Perhaps Miles Parkinson would like to donate towards the waste of money from his increase in expenses! Austerity has obviously not arrived in Rishton just yet? Elegant1

11:31am Thu 5 Dec 13

Cllr Ken Moss says...

Elegant1 wrote:
Like the Tories the councillors will keep their collective heads down and will not see the waste aspect of buying the 3 tree's at £500 each. Perhaps Miles Parkinson would like to donate towards the waste of money from his increase in expenses! Austerity has obviously not arrived in Rishton just yet?
Where is the third tree being planted?

Living trees cost more plus the price includes labour, permanent electrical wiring, feeding and safety guards after Christmas. I don't see how spending £740 every year on two temporary trees is more economical than spending just under £1,000 once.

And since Miles' expenses (along with mine and everyone else's) are published freely every year, it still amazes me how some people still believe that being on the Council is some sort of wonderful gravy train. Every Labour Councillor bar one has a job, a Council allowance is hardly a king's ransom.
[quote][p][bold]Elegant1[/bold] wrote: Like the Tories the councillors will keep their collective heads down and will not see the waste aspect of buying the 3 tree's at £500 each. Perhaps Miles Parkinson would like to donate towards the waste of money from his increase in expenses! Austerity has obviously not arrived in Rishton just yet?[/p][/quote]Where is the third tree being planted? Living trees cost more plus the price includes labour, permanent electrical wiring, feeding and safety guards after Christmas. I don't see how spending £740 every year on two temporary trees is more economical than spending just under £1,000 once. And since Miles' expenses (along with mine and everyone else's) are published freely every year, it still amazes me how some people still believe that being on the Council is some sort of wonderful gravy train. Every Labour Councillor bar one has a job, a Council allowance is hardly a king's ransom. Cllr Ken Moss

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