Anger over gritting after car crashes into wall

A MUM has hit out at gritting bosses after a car crashed into a wall surrounding her home just hours after pleading with them to treat the road.

Katy Rowledge says she warned Hartlepool Borough Council that black ice across the junction outside her home was an accident waiting to happen.

But the road was not treated and just hours later a car skidded and demolished her front garden wall just inches from the house.

The council says its gritters are working flat out to keep Hartlepool's busiest roads open as Britain remains in the grip of its biggest cold snap for 30 years.

Mum of one Katy, 24, was in her living room when the Vauxhall Astra crashed into the wall at around 7pm on Wednesday.

She lives in Windermere Road opposite the junction with Ashgrove Avenue with husband Michael, 25, and their four-year-old son Bradley.

Katy said: "Earlier in the day you could see there was black ice on the road and I rang the council, but apparently we weren't a priority.

"Within a matter of minutes about half a dozen cars nearly came through the front window so I rang the police to say it was a danger and they also contacted the council.

"It could have been prevented. The driver tried his hardest to avoid the wall, but he stood no chance."

The majority of Hartlepool's side roads remain covered in compacted snow and ice following days of wintry showers and prolonged sub zero temperatures.

Gritters treated Windermere Road on Thursday morning. But Katy, a full-time mum, said Ashgrove Avenue remains icy.

She added: "It has shaken me up completely. I don't want to stay in the front room any more.

"My little boy's bedroom is at the front of the house. He wouldn't go back to sleep afterwards as it had really shaken him up."

The council says its main focus is on treating the town's major routes flowing freely and will look at minor roads where possible.

A spokesman said: "Keeping main roads open and as safe as possible is our top priority and our gritting crews are working flat out to ensure this is the case.

"Given the exceptional severe weather conditions particular problems do occur at times in specific areas of the town and we try to respond to these wherever possible."

Cleveland Police confirmed they had been contacted by Katy and officers rang the council.