Grit claims 'irresponsible'

By on 11/01/2010 in News, Rebuttals

Birmingham City Council responds to misleading and irresponsible reports in the Sunday Mercury (Jan 10) that grit stocks were set to run out in just 48 hours.

Despite a heavy gritting schedule in recent weeks, there is no imminent threat of running short of grit.

We still have supplies and are also expecting a delivery in the next 24 hours to replenish stocks.

The Birmingham network was gritted twice last night (Jan 10-11) with the last truck returning at around 7.45am.

This was the 27th consecutive night we have gritted the Birmingham network - the previous record was 14 consecutive nights.

Officers continue to monitor the situation and will treat the network as and when appropriate.

The Department for Transport reintroduced Salt Cell last week - a system which will centrally direct the UK's grit supplies.

Salt Cell was first introduced last winter and resulted in a fair and equitable distribution of grit to ensure we kept Birmingham moving.

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  1. Frank says:

    Not just the Mercury, the Mail too!

    • geoffc says:


      This innacuracy was reported in both newspapers – the statement was issued before the Birmingham Mail story.

      Fortunately other media outlets gave us an opportunity to set the record straight.