|Ward 16 - Howe of Fife & Tay Coast
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Please note - it is now Ward 16 (used to be Ward 17) and no longer includes Balmerino or Gauldry
In addition to the Fife Council and NE Fife Area Committee and the NE Fife Planning Committee (ie the committees that all councillors sit on) I am on the following committees:
Councillor predicts winter chaos
Howe of Fife and Tay Coast Conservative Councillor Andy Heer has predicted that the first hard frost this winter will bring chaos to the Kingdom’s streets and roads after vital grit bins were removed.
“Last year the Council took away grit bins without any warning or consultation. Pavements and streets were left ungritted and they had removed the public’s means to help themselves” he said, “and they have now embarked on another round of bin removals.”
“We are told that Fife has too many grit bins. Maybe previous administrations made a mistake in providing too many but the fact is we have the bins now and if a grit bin is sitting on the street and not being used then it doesn’t cost anything because it won’t have to be refilled but it’s there if it is needed.”
“Then we are told that some streets have too many bins and it’s costing too much to refill them. The true cost of filling grit bins lies in the cost of sending out a lorry and its crew. Once it reaches a particular street the difference in cost of filling one bin or three or four bins is the cost of a few shovelfuls of grit and sand. And in any case if a street is reduced to just one bin then it just means that bin will have to be refilled more often. More lorry trips means more cost not less.”
“We’re now seeing grit bins being removed wholesale from rural roads and village streets.”
“What they haven’t counted is the cost to the rural economy as villages and businesses are isolated, people are unable to get to work or the shops, not to mention the human misery and the cost to the NHS as people fall and slip on icy roads and pavements.”
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