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No more grit for Tower Hamlets council estates

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:27 05 October 2010

FAMILIES living on council-run estates in London’s East End could be struggling on the icy pavements this weekend. Tower Hamlets Homes admitted today it has run-out of grit

FAMILIES living on council-run estates in London’s East End could be struggling on the icy pavements this weekend.

Tower Hamlets Homes admitted today it has run-out of grit.

The organisation that manages Tower Hamlets council’s social housing has used its last supplies today (Friday), as the Met Office warned the cold snap could take hold for another week.

Around 35 tonnes of grit have already been spread across its 27 estates.

But temperatures plunged to sub-zero in East London last night and are expected to stay low over the weekend.

Housing chiefs are hoping to get a supply from the council, which boasted recently it had 400 to 500 tonnes at its depot in Bow, ready to be used at any one time.

A spokeswoman said: “While our caretakers are working to ensure pavements and roads on estates remain safe and accessible, we encourage people to use extreme caution when getting around.”


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