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South Norwood estate 'quite forgotten' by gritters, says pensioner

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A PENSIONER said he and his wife have been "housebound" because the gritters have "forgotten" their estate.

Roger Green, who lives with his wife Rosemarie, in Waverley Road, South Norwood, has told how he has been stuck in his home since the snow started on Friday.

The 76-year-old said: "Every time it gets cold I see a picture in the paper of a smug councillor next to a pile of grit, telling us what a wonderful job they're going to be doing when it snows.

"Yet every year I contribute to the grit and I don't see a grain. The whole estate around us is completely iced over.

"My wife and I aren't in the best of health, and we aren't even the worst ones on this road. We are completely housebound. This just shows what the council thinks of the residents in this area.

"We had a delivery on Tuesday and the driver told us how difficult it was for him to get to us on our roads, so what chance do pensioners have? Once again we are trapped until the thaw sets in and it's just not on."

A council spokesman said: "We openly publish full information about which roads are chosen for gritting on the council's website at www.croydon.gov.uk/gritting. This includes maps of all the routes covered by our gritting fleet.

"The page also explains which of the borough's roads are salted when snow or ice are predicted or in the case of sudden and unforecast snow."

South Norwood estate 'quite forgotten' by gritters, says pensioner


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