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Gritting our streets 11 February 2010

Posted by Philip in Streets.

We’ve been out on the streets in all weathers and have seen how treacherous they have been at some points this winter. In the first of the two most recent cold snaps, I was being asked quite a few detailed questions by residents so I asked Lewisham just how they’d using their salt stocks day-to-day.

They seemed reluctant to give me the information at that time, so I had to put the request in under the Freedom of Information Act. They’ve sent me the response today, right on the 20 working day statutory deadline. It appears that Lewisham needed three top-ups from other local councils totalling 193 tonnes of grit to keep going, and that when they were ordered onto the “London resilience” level of gritting they only had 1 day’s stock of grit left.

The spreadsheet they sent me is too big to put on this blog, but if you want to see it for yourself, then email me.

I’ve uploaded the spreadsheet to Scribd.com so you can see it easily.



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