Dallat: Frozen footpaths an absolute nightmare and a disappointment
Once again there is disappointment that the response to clearing snow from footpaths hasn’t happened in many areas according to East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat who said:
Keeping the main roads open has been an absolute priority and credit must be given to Roads Service and their work crews where they have operated in very difficult circumstances to cope with weather that was constantly changing. People living in rural areas may not agree and there were particular problems for lorries collecting milk and delivering foodstuffs for animals.
However, it is difficult to award marks for the clearance of snow from footpaths where once again there was no early response and pedestrians faced impossible walks trying to keep their feet.
It was my understanding that most local councils had reached agreement with Roads Service that they would clear footpaths and I have asked if this understanding has continued following the emergence of the new councils. Clearly it hasn’t happened in many areas laving older people in particular at serious risk of breaking limbs leaving them incapacitated for months.
Other countries that I have visited in recent times has well defined policies and practices relating to keeping footpaths clear of snow and ice and I don’t understand why we can’t have forward plans for these occasions which thankfully don’t occur too often but nevertheless should be addressed when they do.