Motorists have slammed Kirklees Council for a lack of gritting which left hilly communities at the mercy of treacherous frozen snow and black ice over the festive weekend.
Many drivers were caught out by blizzard-like conditions which dumped snow on the district on Boxing Day night.
Then the half-melted snow froze again and a hard frost on Saturday night left roads and pavements like skating rinks.
On Saturday morning there were reports of the Longwood to Huddersfield bus crashing into a parked car in Paddock, while other services had to terminate short of their destinations.
Sheet ice was the biggest problem on Sunday with bus services stopping short of Longwood, Hepworth and Holme.
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People were furious at what they claimed was a lack of gritting by the council.
Andrea Mallinson, of Hade Edge, said: “The main Penistone Road off Dunford Road is a disgrace yet Flight Hill, with only four houses, is clear.
“It’s not as if it’s snowed continuously and they don’t have the resources to clear the roads. I’ve never seen the roads in such a pathetic state.”
Stephen Tinker, of nearby Scholes, said: “Paris (the road through Scholes) hasn’t been gritted. I haven’t seen a bus since Friday and I rely on buses for transport.”
Haj Uppal, of Brackenhall, added: “We are snowbound as black ice on the little snow we had has made taking the car out of the drive treacherous.
“Even major roads such as Bradford Road were covered in black ice and cars were skidding all over.”
Another woman said: “I haven’t seen a gritter all weekend. I thought the council was supposed to grit main roads?”
The Examiner reported in October how the council was to cut £300,000 from its gritting budget.
The council reduced the number of roads it planned to grit and was not going to buy more grit bins.
That followed on from a mild winter last year when the council saved £830,000 on the winter maintenance budget.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for Streetscene, Clr Steve Hall, said the council was in a difficult position after it was forced to save £300,000 on its gritting budget this year.
Clr Hall said complaints would be “inevitable” as a result of Government cuts to Kirklees Council’s budget.
He said: “Primary routes have been gritted. Teams have been going out at 5am, especially in the valleys...
“It’s inevitable that there will be complaints; no matter what you do it’s never going to be enough but we are monitoring it.
“With it being Christmas, I haven’t been able to speak to officers but I will be speaking to them on Monday.
“We’ve had to save money and it’s going to get worse year on year because of this Government.”
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