Not gritted and when they have been gritted they have been gritted by operatives using shovels and their fingers
Gritting vehicles have been out across Croydon for the last 24 hours, yet the streets of Croydon are grid locked and have been for most of the day.
Pavement clearing staff need grit spreaders, just like the ones used by Westminster Council.
Sit on machines need to be used, some councils convert their grass cutting machinery and put salt sprinklers on the back of them and small ploughs on the front of them
All stations, main bus stops and shopping areas need to be cleared
Roads - more vehicles need to be used. I clearly remember (as a kid) the council having bolt on ploughs and trailers for its large fleet of vehicles. This would allow the posh purpose built ploughs to do the areas of the borough that are steep and difficult to get to with 'normal' vehicles.
You just have to do a search on the internet to find a vast array of trailers and devices available to councils. Why does Croydon Council not have any of these?
More equipment would enable the council to provide dedicated machines for the 'bottleneck' areas like the Croydon flyover. Radio Jackie is reporting that the journey time over the flyover has been at least 1 hour this afternoon. A dedicated vehicle covering this area and the slip roads around it would alieviate lots of the traffic problems.
New Addington and other difficult areas. New Addington has basically been without a bus service for much of the day. This is not acceptable. New Addington needs its own dedicated vehicles to clear roads and keep them open. I believe a similar situation exists in Coulsdon. basing extra resources in these areas will make a big difference.
Compare and Contrast
Snow is never going to be easy to cope with, but just look at the roads and pavements over in Lambeth. A lot better and the traffic is flowing a bit more too. You can check for yourself by looking at the TFL traffic cameras on http://www.londontraffic.org/a23/
Pink Grit is not the answer
much fanfayre was made by Councillor Phil Thomas that the Council was going to stop 'Salt Thieves' by colouring their precious grit pink. Over the border in Sutton the Council has given residents a bag of grit free. Instead of colouring the grit pink, perhaps Councillor Thomas and the Council could have invested in a few more tools for clearing the snow properly.
Come on Croydon Council. Get a Grit.