Tough luck. That’s the message from Croydon Council if we have a bad winter.
As commuters battle their way home through what’s left of Hurricane Gonzalo, winter seems to be with us already. Snow and ice cannot be too far away…
However, if you live on a suburban road in the south of the borough or you are a pensioner prone to be unsteady on your pins on an icy pavement, don’t expect much help from your friendly council.
Under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980, as amended in 2003, councils should ensure as far as is reasonably practicable that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice. A Code of Practice urges local highway authorities to produce, and formally approve and adopt, policies and priorities for winter service.
On Monday night, the council’s cabinet meeting, without much of a discussion or debate, nodded through a winter maintenance operation plan in which, even before the clocks go back, they pretty much said that Croydon won’t be able to cope with icy conditions this winter.
In the winter “service” plan, the council states, “The policy recognises that given the scale of financial and other resources involved in delivering the Winter Service, it is not practically possible to provide the service on all parts of the highway network, neither is it possible to satisfy the requirements of all those wishing to use the highway.”