A CORNWALL Council member has called on the authority to take another look at the gritting routes in two South East Cornish towns, including Callington, to allow access to health centres during icy weather.

Cllr Andrew Long, Mebyon Kernow's member for Callington, made the request at a full meeting of Cornwall Council to the portfolio holder for highways and transportation Graeme Hicks.

'Having carried out investigations across Cornwall, it has become apparent that only two health centres, Callington and Torpoint, do not have accesses that are part of the precautionary gritting route that Cornwall Highways use during the winter period,' he said.

'It is vital that the members of our community can gain access to the important services that the health centres provide.

'Last year we had a number of days when effectively it was impossible to access Callington Health Centre in Haye Road due to ice on the access route from Fore Street and Liskeard Road.

'At Cornwall Council we have agreed to have one route for access into every village and I think for the people of Callington and Torpoint the access to the health centre is a natural progression.'

Mr Long said Cllr Hicks had agreed to look at this particular issue and he looked forward to working with him to get a quick solution to this problem.

Callington Health Centre, run by Tamar Valley Health, has a catchment area of almost 20,000 people from across South East Cornwall.