ONLINE VOTE: Do you agree with Shirebrook Town Council that it is not their job to clear roads of snow?

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SHIREBROOK town councillors are refusing to adopt a scheme which will leave them in charge of filling grit bins and clearing pavements this winter.

Derbyshire County Council is asking town and parish councils to take part in their Snow Warden Scheme to ease the authority’s workload when severe weather hits.

But Shirebrook Town Council believes it should be the responsibility of the county council to keep paths and roads clear of snow and ice.

At a meeting last week councillors voted not to adopt the scheme, with one claiming the county council should be ‘ashamed’ of themselves.

Coun Steve Fritchley said: “The people of Shirebrook pay their rates to Derbyshire County Council and the council has a responsibility to sort things like this out.

“They ought to be ashamed of themselves. This is a dereliction of their duty. They are not doing their job.”

Chairman Counr Andrew Anderson said: “I don’t see how we can embrace this. It’s a scheme where they’ll probably fill one grit bin with salt and then leave us to find the rest.”

Coun Brian Murray-Carr added: “They did nothing for this community two years ago. We have got the biggest employer in this area and we still haven’t had anything from them.

“That’s how much they care about this community.”

It was agreed to write a letter to the county council expressing their views on the matter.

A spokesman from Derbyshire County Council said: “Winters are getting more severe and, with the best will in the world, we can’t do everything.

“So far 75 towns and parishes have signed-up and we welcome their valuable contribution .

“It’s a shame they (Shirebrook) don’t want to get involved but that is their choice.”