Villagers call on county for grit to set them free

VILLAGERS of Kingsnympton are calling on the county council to send in the gritting lorries to set them free. Since the freezing conditions hit the region the 150 villagers have had to rely on neighbours and local farmers with 4x4 vehicles and tractors to

VILLAGERS of Kingsnympton are calling on the county council to send in the gritting lorries to set them free.

Since the freezing conditions hit the region the 150 villagers have had to rely on neighbours and local farmers with 4x4 vehicles and tractors to get around and top up supplies.

But life could be so much easier if the county would grit the main access along the Chulmleigh to South Molton road, said their parish council chairman John Ayre.

He had written to the county council asking for the road to be gritted. They would have had this on Monday but, so far, nothing had happened, he said.


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"We have the problem that three of the four main roads have hills and are covered with packed snow and ice. Those with 4x4s can move, but nothing else. The community is very independent and everyone is helping everyone else and calling on the elderly.

"I wrote to the council last weekend voicing our concern that the Chulmleigh to South Molton road had not been gritted. If it was, it would make our lives a lot easier, because it would take out the hills. It is not considered a major road, but it is to us."

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The Reverend David Rudman, who has responsibility for Kingsnympton and Romansleigh, said they had had six to eight inches of snow and this was now compacted to solid ice.

"Only 4x4s with knobbly tyres can move and even then people are slipping ," he said. "Those who can get out are getting things for others. Some are walking the four miles into Chulmleigh. It's a good community and people check on each other and most people are used to living out of their freezers. But if it goes on, there will be problems with milk and fresh food.

"The main problem is that a village of this size seems to be off the gritting list. We have not seen one since Christmas week. I am sure we are not the only village and that there will be others up on Exmoor, but we are a fairly large village to be cut off.

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