Mile Cross couple demand grit bin after being trapped in house during icy weather

Stephen Hall and his disabled wife Janet have been told by the council they will have to take a plas

Stephen Hall and his disabled wife Janet have been told by the council they will have to take a plastic tub to their nearest grit bin as the council have not got the funding to put one on their road. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

An MP has called for a 'good neighbour' to help a man and his disabled wife during freezing weather conditions.

Stephen Hall, 64, a full time carer for his wife Janet, 75, faced being housebound during frosty spells which created an ice rink outside his house on Postle Mews, Mile Cross.

After requesting a grit bin to be placed on their street in 2013 and again in 2014, the couple were told they should take a carton similar to an ice-cream tub to grit the street themselves.

Norwich City Council said they were not able to allocate money to expand the number of highway grit bins to put one on their road.

When, in 2014, the couple appealed again they received the same response with the explanation that over 300 grit bins were already located on the highway around Norwich.

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Last year, the council responded to the demands of residents of Postle Mews, Larners Way and Vale Green by placing a grit bin on Valpy Avenue- a location central to these areas and 50m away from Postle Mews.

Mr Hall, who said the bin is useless because it is at the bottom of a slope, said: 'Once it starts getting icy we can't get out. I can't get all the way down there to get salt. It's not only us, it's everyone in the neighbourhood as well.'

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He said there are four or five other people on his street who are wheelchair bound and cannot get out of the house during the worst of winter.

MP for Norwich North, Chloe Smith, said: 'I have been helping residents with this issue by talking to the City Council. Some improvement has been made with the grit bin being moved up the street. But there's still a problem particularly for the residents at the head of the slope who are not very mobile and might need that extra help. I would hope the council can consider this again and I also hope that in the immediate future there might be a good neighbour on Postle Mews who could help out their disabled neighbours.'

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