ROADS have become no-go areas across Huddersfield due to ice and Kirklees Council’s policy to grit only the main roads.
People who live on Thick Hollins Drive in Meltham are furious after repeated attempts to get their steep road gritted have so far fallen on deaf ears.
And concern is growing with another icy blast on the way next week.
The road is a bus route from Meltham to Thurstonland, but buses have been diverted since ice formed on the road earlier this week.
And since then there has been a spate of crashes on the road with 73-year-old Ian Hepworth’s wall being struck four times over the last three days.
He said: “We all received letters last year saying that the grit bin on the road was being removed and Thick Hollins Drive was on Kirklees Council’s priority gritting route.
“But we were not gritted during the bad weather after Christmas and again this week.
“We live on a one in four gradient hill and it is incredibly dangerous. We have phoned Kirklees and the police this week appealing for the road to be gritted but nothing has happened.
“We are virtually prisoners – especially the elderly. I know of one lady who is walking two miles to work each day as she can’t get her car out because of the ice.
He added: “I’m not one to complain, but this road needs to be gritted. We fear this could end in a serious accident and are speaking out through sheer frustration.’’
Mr Hepworth revealed that four people were hurt when a car skidded on ice and hit a lamp-post on the road last month.
“The lamp-post was left leaning over,’’ said Mr Hepworth. “That was removed quickly as an obvious danger so why can’t the road danger be removed by gritting.’’
Kirklees put up signs to shut Greenhead Lane in Dalton on Wednesday night due to ice and it reopened yesterday.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “Current salt stock levels only allow for the treatment of snow and ice on the published main road routes.
“This means that we only have enough salt to treat the main road network and we cannot treat all bus routes, secondary roads or fill grit bins at this time.
“We know that there are a number of areas in Kirklees that are icebound at the moment but we can only respond to requests from emergency services and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause to road users.’’
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman added: “If there are a spate of incidents on a road or officers see potential problems we can request the council to come and grit.’’
Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens said air from Scandinavia over the weekend will bring another icy blast to Huddersfield with snow showers next Tuesday, possibly turning to heavy snow and blizzards over the Pennines by midweek.
He said: “Although it may feel quite mild now, things will start to change over the weekend.
“Winds will start to blow in from Scandinavia bringing colder air into the UK on Sunday and into Monday.
“They will also pick up moisture as they pass over the North Sea which will lead to snow.
“Temperatures could be as low as -3°C during the night and will struggle to go above zero during the day.
“In short, get ready for another Siberian blast.’’