Calls for salt bins on steep Basildon road

Angry Seaview Avenue residents

Angry Seaview Avenue residents

First published in Echo News by

RESIDENTS have slammed Essex County Council for not introducing salt bins on their steep cul-de-sac.

They said that Seaview Avenue in Basildon is a death trap and, as the cold winter draws closer, it is only a matter of time before an accident happens. When the cul-de-sac becomes iced at the moment the cars are forced to gather in a group at the bottom of the road as they are unable to reach the top.

Nigel Gillatt, who has lived at the very top of Seaview Avenue for 18 years said this has been a problem for years but county council refuse to help. He is calling for immediate action to be taken so a serious accident is prevented.

Mr Gillatt, 51, said: “This is one of the steepest hills in Basildon and is a really big problem. There were examples last year when we had the snow and it was a total nightmare. We had cars slipping and sliding all over the place and it seems to be a young child or elderly person has to be hit before something is done.” He says the residents would be willing to salt the road themselves but without a salt bin this could prove difficult.

“We aren’t asking for much. Surely a salt bin is much easier to handle than someone’s death so why can’t Essex County Council help us out.”

Councillor Andrew Gordon, of Nethermayne ward, said: “I have had several enquiries from residents and must say I am surprised this road doesn’t have a salt bin considering how steep it is. With a cold winter now fast approaching I believe a salt bin needs to be placed on this road with the greatest urgency.”

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins. We have looked into alternative ways of making the most of our winter resources and improving the support we offer our residents and highway users. One of those alternative methods is the salt bag scheme where we provide salt to a number of Parish and Town Councils to help local communities support themselves during periods of heavy snow. In addition, for this winter, we are looking to pilot a new scheme whereby larger urban residents groups can access salt bags via their local Essex County Councillor.”

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10:07am Mon 3 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins.


they removed most of the salt bins from the side of roads a few years ago.

Was presumably costing them too much to keep them topped up in snowy/icy spells
[quote]An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins.[/quote] they removed most of the salt bins from the side of roads a few years ago. Was presumably costing them too much to keep them topped up in snowy/icy spells Eric Whim
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10:30am Mon 3 Dec 12

J_blond says...

Eric Whim wrote:
An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins.
they removed most of the salt bins from the side of roads a few years ago. Was presumably costing them too much to keep them topped up in snowy/icy spells
I seem to recall stories about people stealing the salt and grit. What for I have no idea, but it wasn't being used on roads!
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote]An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins.[/quote] they removed most of the salt bins from the side of roads a few years ago. Was presumably costing them too much to keep them topped up in snowy/icy spells[/p][/quote]I seem to recall stories about people stealing the salt and grit. What for I have no idea, but it wasn't being used on roads! J_blond
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10:32am Mon 3 Dec 12

Nebs says...

Get yourself some chains for your tyres.
Get yourself some chains for your tyres. Nebs
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10:59am Mon 3 Dec 12

Barry Bas says...

J_blond wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins.
they removed most of the salt bins from the side of roads a few years ago. Was presumably costing them too much to keep them topped up in snowy/icy spells
I seem to recall stories about people stealing the salt and grit. What for I have no idea, but it wasn't being used on roads!
I know of some that had been set on fire. Others seem to be just a mass lump of old salt or grit.

Also who called that road Seaview Avenue it is miles away from the sea.
[quote][p][bold]J_blond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote]An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council is currently reviewing the criteria for installing or replacing salt bins.[/quote] they removed most of the salt bins from the side of roads a few years ago. Was presumably costing them too much to keep them topped up in snowy/icy spells[/p][/quote]I seem to recall stories about people stealing the salt and grit. What for I have no idea, but it wasn't being used on roads![/p][/quote]I know of some that had been set on fire. Others seem to be just a mass lump of old salt or grit. Also who called that road Seaview Avenue it is miles away from the sea. Barry Bas
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11:01am Mon 3 Dec 12

Blind Haze says...

I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill. Blind Haze
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3:38pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Dingo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds. Dingo
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3:50pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily. Blind Haze
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4:03pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Dingo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer. Dingo
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6:09pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.
Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too? Blind Haze
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8:46pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Dingo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.
Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?
The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?[/p][/quote]The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there. Dingo
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10:06pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.
Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?
The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.
Perhaps that's the case but the surface water would freeze. Primary school science lesson for you there.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?[/p][/quote]The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that's the case but the surface water would freeze. Primary school science lesson for you there. Blind Haze
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11:19pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Devils Advocate says...

They would send the gritting lorry up there but, sadly, there seem always to be loads of cars parked in the way at the bottom!
They would send the gritting lorry up there but, sadly, there seem always to be loads of cars parked in the way at the bottom! Devils Advocate
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5:17pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Dingo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.
Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?
The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.
Perhaps that's the case but the surface water would freeze. Primary school science lesson for you there.
Velcro is made of salt. Probably. It will never freeze. University of Essex science for you there.
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?[/p][/quote]The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that's the case but the surface water would freeze. Primary school science lesson for you there.[/p][/quote]Velcro is made of salt. Probably. It will never freeze. University of Essex science for you there. Dingo
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10:51am Wed 5 Dec 12

Blind Haze says...

Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote:
Dingo wrote:
Blind Haze wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.
I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.
Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.
Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.
Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?
The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.
Perhaps that's the case but the surface water would freeze. Primary school science lesson for you there.
Velcro is made of salt. Probably. It will never freeze. University of Essex science for you there.
Yes, and ice is made from witches' sh1t.
[quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: I find the ice useful if I'm trying to get down the hill.[/p][/quote]I am glad someone has looked at the positive side to this story. Yes, I would think it is difficult to climb the hill when there is ice. But think how much time the residents will save when going down the hill. They'll reach the bottom in seconds.[/p][/quote]Alternatively they could just pour hot water onto the ice, that'd solve the problem. Temporarily.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the fitting of a road made of Velcro coupled with tyres and shoes made of said same material could be the answer.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't the Velcro freeze over too?[/p][/quote]The modern properties of Velcro means that it is unfreezable. First year science lesson for you there.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that's the case but the surface water would freeze. Primary school science lesson for you there.[/p][/quote]Velcro is made of salt. Probably. It will never freeze. University of Essex science for you there.[/p][/quote]Yes, and ice is made from witches' sh1t. Blind Haze
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11:04am Wed 5 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

somebody send the police helicopter up there today or they'll all be trapped inside their homes with all this snow on the road....
somebody send the police helicopter up there today or they'll all be trapped inside their homes with all this snow on the road.... Eric Whim
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11:27am Wed 5 Dec 12

Devils Advocate says...

If that is true about witches and ice, then that is the last time I have scotch on the rocks!
If that is true about witches and ice, then that is the last time I have scotch on the rocks! Devils Advocate
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