Two grit bins have been installed on Ashlands Road by Crewkerne Town Council. The busy feeder road between North Street and Yeovil Road has been refused upgraded status by Somerset County Highways, despite an increase in heavy goods vehicles and milk tankers using it as a main route.
Deputy Clerk, Laura Gowers said: “Crewkerne Town Council have recently installed grit bins opposite Hawthorne Close and near Bincombe Drive. This follows confirmation from County Highways that, despite requests to upgrade the road, Ashlands Road will stay as an F2 route. This means it will only be gritted by County after three days of continuous sub-zero temperatures.”
The location of one of the grit bins is just feet away from where a milk tanker skidded on black ice and crashed into a tree in January this year. At the time of the accident, the road had not been gritted and the icy conditions were dangerous to drivers and crossing over pedestrians.
Volunteers are needed to help spread the grit onto Ashlands Road during future periods of snow and ice and the grit bins will be completely filled up in the Autumn. Viz vests will be supplied by the town council. Anyone who is interested in helping to grit Ashlands Road when they are needed, is asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org.