Simpson blasts lack of grit in town centres during cold snap

David Simpson. INLM4510-917con
David Simpson. INLM4510-917con

DUP MP David Simpson has hit out at the “lack of gritting” particularly in the town centres and car parks over the recent snap of cold weather.

Speaking having received a number of complaints Mr Simpson said, “This most recent snap of cold weather has not caught Roads Service unawares in fact it has been forecast for many days.

“This has caused great concern to me as I have been receiving many calls about the lack of gritting in town centres and in Roads Service owned car parks.

“I have written to Minister Kennedy in this regard because ultimately I believe he needs to take responsibility for ensuring pedestrians safety whilst on the roads, on footways and in public car parks. I believe it is unacceptable to say it would cost too much to grit the car parks and town centres.”

Mr Simpson highlighted the number of accidents, trips and falls and the subsequent cost to the Health Service.

He added, “I believe it would be the right and proper thing to increase the gritting regime. I will be pursuing this as we face what will most likely be a cold frosty January.”