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Road inaccessible despite assurances to keep it open

Snow hits the district. here on the Rothbury to Alnwick road. Photo taken Monday January 14.

Snow hits the district. here on the Rothbury to Alnwick road. Photo taken Monday January 14.

Concerns have been raised about the lack of gritting on Rothbury’s entrance road after an ambulance got stuck last week.

At the monthly parish council meeting last Wednesday it was heard that the B6341 from New Moor House crossroads to Rothbury was inaccessible because of snow, despite promises being made that it would be kept open.

The road is one of the main accesses to the village because of the closure of the B6344, due to a landslip more than a year ago.

At last Wednesday’s meeting Coun Steven Bridgett said: ““I got a phone call at 4.30am informing me that an ambulance couldn’t get in to Rothbury from Alnwick and the 4x4 was despatched as a result.

“It is sufficient to say that when I got hold of the head of highways and rural services I was not impressed.

“I remember all of the commitments that were given to keep that road open.”

He said that the gritting staff work in two shifts, 3pm to 8pm and 4am to 10am. But the snow fell between 10pm and 4am.

Coun Bridgett added: “We have now organised two farming contractors that can attach gritters to their tractors, to help out at night.”

Chairman, Coun Alan Fendley, said: “I am surprised to hear what has happened. We were given assurances that that road would be open 24/7. We will make sure an appropriate form of words is sent.”

 

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