STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is among authorities to have come in for criticism over its gritting of pavements.
A survey compiled by YouGov found that people in the West Midlands thought more could be done to keep pavements free of snow and ice.
More than 70 per cent of people across the region believe that more could be done by local authorities to keep pavements as well as roads clear.
Mike Maryon, highways chief at Staffordshire County Council, admitted it was ‘impossible to be everywhere’, but defended the council’s performance.
He said: “Although far more of Staffordshire’s roads are gritted than the national average, people still need to be very careful. Gritters cannot negotiate narrow side streets, and although we do our best to hand-grit pavements outside key locations it is impossible to be everywhere.
“We were well prepared for winter with around 30,000 tonnes of salt already stockpiled and we have had fresh deliveries of a further 600 tonnes this week.”