Snowman John on Millwey standby

08:55 22 November 2012

Millwey Rise housing estate - the biggest in East Devon - residents say they need grit bins to keep moving in icy weatherr. Photo by Simon Burchett Channel Photography  01795 890052.

Millwey Rise housing estate - the biggest in East Devon - residents say they need grit bins to keep moving in icy weatherr. Photo by Simon Burchett Channel Photography 01795 890052.

Copyright Simon Burchett Channel Photography 1999 - 2008 All Rights Reserved - 07515 906987/07780 997739

Axminster Town Council calls for grit bins to keep East Devon’s biggest housing estate on the move when icy weather comes

Urgent action has been called for to prevent parts of East Devon’s largest housing estate from becoming a dangerous ice rink when the weather turns cold.

Axminster Town Council wants the highways authority to provide grit bins for roads leading to Millwey Rise before winter sets in.

Ward councillor Ian Hall said they were desperately needed at the entrance to First Avenue, near to where the BT phone box used to be, and at Second Avenue, leading to the industrial estate.

Currently Beavor Lane was the only access route to the huge estate that had one.

“It is one of the biggest residential populations in East Devon yet people are not able to get in and out.

“We need to get these people to work so they can earn money and pay their taxes,” he said.

Mayor Andrew Moulding said the problem was that Devon County Council would not install any new grit bins unless the town council provided the cash.

“So no funds, no grit bins,” he said. “But our precept is coming up so if you want to include them in the budget, please do so.

“It is not just supplying the bins, though, it is servicing them as well, of course.”

Cllr Brian Watson reminded members that their winter snow warden, Cllr John Jeffery, now had a salt spreader and would visit the area when requested.

“Give him a ring and he will be up there straight away,” added Cllr Moulding.

Cllr Hall said, in the meantime, he would make his house at Cawley Avenue available to store grit bags so people could go there to collect some when icy weather strikes.

The council will also write to the highways authority asking it to reconsider its grit bin policy and make Millwey Rise a special case, in view of the number of people needing to get access to the large housing estate.

0 comments

Other News Stories

13:00
Homemade cakes were sold at the plant sale in aid of the Combe Raleigh Bell Project.

A green-fingered fundraiser has been held in aid of new village church bells.

Read more
The Baton has received widespread support since it was created. Here, Alan Rowe is pictured receiving a cheque from David Todd, of Honiton Rugby Club, last August.

An ex-army chief will pay homage to a Honiton-based charity for its work in increasing awareness for servicemen and women.

Read more
08:13
Hospiscare's Sharon Ewart and Eve Deanus from the Seaton Support Group accept a cheque for £2,300 from Ursula Pratt MBE, Mike Andrews and Gary Rivers. The money was raised by the Easter Art Exhibition held at Branscombe Village Hall. Ref mha 7578-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Seaton fundraisers hand over cheque following Branscombe show

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00
Author, Nelly Harper, with her book 'The Girl Of Two Worlds'. Ref mhh 7563-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The 45-year-old has fought against her illness to release her first book.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:16
Seaton Police Station

Police appeal for information following thefts

Read more
Mon, 09:25
Devon Freewheelers has extended its service to help South Western Ambulance Service and also Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Devon Freewheelers is celebrating rolling out its lifeline service to include delivering blood to on-scene emergency doctors.

Read more
Mon, 08:57
Axminster Police Station. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Police appeal for information after Uplyme burglary

Read more
Friday, May 29, 2015
Honiton Triathlon is hoping to attract 100 people this year.

The event has set its sights on drawing in more than 100 competitors when it’s held on Sunday, July 26.

Read more
Friday, May 29, 2015
Charmouth Primary School pupils celebrate their  Ofsted ranking

Village primary praised by Ofsted inspectors for the quality of its teaching and pupils’ achievements

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The cause of the fire was accidental which resulted in the moderate fire damage to the living room area.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder