A shower of Boxing Day snow coated the main roads and pavements of Coalville town centre with a treacherous layer of trodden ice. Days later, with ice still thick on the footpaths, residents and town centre Councillors were furious at the lack of resilience being shown by County Highways and the District Council.
Labour’s business lead, Cllr John Geary is annoyed, “After all the hard work being done by the Town Team to bring customers into Coalville, the town centre was left treacherous and ice-bound throughout the crucial post-Christmas trading season.”
Frustrated by the lack of action, County Councillor Dr Terri Eynon said “I have raised the issue of volunteer Snow Wardens at the Highways Forum two years running. Still nothing has been done.”
Her husband Cllr John Legrys agrees, “The personal and economic cost of sending just one person to hospital with a fracture, adding to the pressures on A&E, is considerable. Both Councils shelve residents’ complaints about this as soon as the snow melts.
Resilience planning is a duty of the District Council and I am going to pursue this issue at the highest level”.