‘Worried community will have to pay out’

Pictured are Braunston residents, who would like to see a grit bin reinstated on Bunyan Lane.
Pictured are Braunston residents, who would like to see a grit bin reinstated on Bunyan Lane.
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People in Braunston are concerned that the removal of winter grit bin puts their elderly residents at risk and is the start of the community paying for local resources.

The bin, which used to sit at the top of a sloped access route on Bunion’s Lane, off the High Street, must be reinstated according to residents or elderly people along the street may end up housebound.

Neighbourhood watch coordinator, Judy Jarrett, said: “All kinds of people use that route to get down to other parts of the village and when the drain floods it turns into a sheet of ice.

“It’s dangerous and people have fallen down the slope in bad weather.”

Daventry District Councillor for Braunston and Welton, Abigail Campbell, said the bin, which was removed by Northamptonshire County Council in November 2012, is essential, having seen one winter without it.

She said: “It was taken away without consultation and nobody knew about it, I appreciate that budgets are really tight but things like this should be a priority.

“The concern here is that the grit bin is that start of a trend in which communities will have to pay for things that the council can’t afford to.”

The community hope their campaign will lead to the bin being reinstated.

A spokesman for NCC said: “With a limited budget it has been necessary to establish criteria so bins can be prioritised. As a result of this process, some relatively little used bins have been taken away and this is the case with the bin in Bunion’s Lane.”