Several hundred objections from residents were over-ruled today by Councillor Levene who was first elected in only 2011 and who made no attempt to address the many concerns that had been raised.
Nearly 2/3 of the salt bins, put on the streets at the request of residents, will be scrapped.
Many roads – including those that are bus routes – will not now be routinely pre-salted.
The Council is being reckless with the safety of residents and is gambling that we will have a mild winter.
A repeat of the severe weather seen in 2009 and 20010 could bring parts of the City to a halt.
The implications for elderly and disabled residents are even more alarming.
When salt bins are removed from vital streets like Front Street, there is a real danger that many will be trapped in their homes …potentially for days or even weeks.
This is a shortsighted decision which Labour will come to regret.
The decision will be called in by Liberal Democrat Councillors who will refer the matter to an all party review committee.
We will let you know when the meeting is arranged.