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Fears for friends as road ‘turns to ice’

A SOLIHULL pensioner feared for her neighbours’ safety after the cold snap turned her road into “an ice rink”.

A SOLIHULL pensioner feared for her neighbours’ safety after the cold snap turned her road into “an ice rink”.

Audrey Reeves said that many of her friends, who live in Cophams Close, were frightened to leave their homes in case they slipped on the frozen pavement. Now Mrs Reeves is urging the council to replace a grit box that was removed last summer.

According to the 75-year-old, there is a box at either end of the road - but elderly people would have to risk the icy conditions to reach them. Solihull council has insisted that it has gritted the area during the recent cold weather.

Mrs Reeves said: “Some of these people are in their 80s and 90s and last year one lady broke her arm when she tried to go out. The conditions are very dangerous and if the situation does not improve we’re going to have a death on our hands.

“My husband Pete has gone round to ask if any of the older people need anything, but we’re not young ourselves.”

Councillor Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services and environment, said: “This is a small close and there is already a grit bin for residents to use. We have explained this to Mrs Reeves and have been out to grit the close during this exceptional cold snap and will continue to do so should the need arise.”

Should residents want more information about gritting in their area they can contact the council on 0121 704 6000.

 

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