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Anger at pride of Sussex highway supremos
Argus readers have reacted angrily to claims that councils “did everything they could” and “were proud” of their response to this week’s snow.
Sussex ground to a halt on Monday night (March 11) and Tuesday morning (March 12) after 10cm of snow fell in the county.
Buses were abandoned by the side of the road, vehicles crashed into buildings and freezing motorists were forced to spend the night in their cars.
Blame was largely levelled at the Highways Agency and local councils for not having gritters out early enough.
Christina Liassides, head of highways operations at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are a very small team but I am very proud of what they did, everybody worked extremely hard.”
Roger Williams, East Sussex County Council head of highways, added: “We did everything we possibly could do, there’s nothing we would do differently.”
West Sussex County Council claim to have spread 1,200 tonnes of salt in 24 hours and The Highways Agency, which came in for some of the strongest criticism, said that it did “everything possible.”
But this didn’t wash with Argus readers, venting their anger on our website.
Fred Clause said: “I was out in it all day Monday around Brighton and Hove and didn’t see one gritter.”
Alan G Skinner, added: “All the council has done is once again demonstrate their stupendous incompetence, they are completely and utterly inept.”
Tooned_In said: “I got stuck on M23... no gritters had been out, it is no use sending them out when everyone is stuck.”
However Btnlan expressed sympathy with the authorities, adding: “I agree that we need to be more prepared but the responsibility is with everyone.”
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