Gritting concerns raiseda

CONCERNS have been raised about the state of a road that links Bothal with Stobhill in Morpeth after freezing conditions hit the area.

A motorist, who did not want to be named, said that additional numbers of people started to use the minor road because of temporary traffic lights at the bottom of Whorral Bank.

But when he recently drove along it, he and others found it had not been gritted so they had to reverse and head back.

He added that in very icy conditions, Northumberland County Council should either do some gritting or put signs up to say the road is closed.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: “The road from Pegswood roundabout on the A197, through Bothal Village to the A1068 Sheepwash Road, is on our primary routes list and has been gritted accordingly. The more minor road between Bothal Village and the A196 at Shadfen is not on the primary or secondary routes list.

“We need to prioritise routes as we could not possibly grit every road in the county and this is just one of many minor routes that are not treated.

“The current conditions where there is a great deal of surface water run off from adjacent land is causing further problems as the run-off is washing away the effects of the salting and we advise extreme care in these situations.”