Town’s roads are criticised

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THE condition of roads around Daventry during the icy weather have been defended by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC).

The Daventry Express has received numerous calls from people claiming that not enough grit was spread around the town and villages after last week’s snowfall.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “We all know that snow is forecast, but our roads are not treated.

“We pay council tax for many reasons but one is to keep the roads safe and well maintained. Neither of those things have happened over the past couple of weeks.

“To not do so not only causes commercial disruption but more importantly puts lives at risk.”

NCC said it feels enough is being done during the cold weather to make sure roads are safe for drivers.

A spokesman added: “With 1,128 miles of the road network receiving a precautionary gritting - the same distance from London to Rome - it isn’t possible to grit every road in the county.

“Roads are prioritised in order so that those carrying the highest volume of traffic and where the risk of accidents is greatest are given priority. One route into every parish in the county is also treated.”