Please see below information regarding our Winter Service. Our winter Service started on 1st of October 2017
For live and historical decisions on gritting, please CLICK HERE
You can keep up-to-date with Weather warnings via the BBC Weather website.
Emergency School Closures
All Emergency School Closures can be found here.
During winter weather it is important that you are prepared by making sure your vehicle is ready, having a winter kit in your car and checking the travel updates before travelling. Please use the helpful guides below for more information.
- Is Your Vehicle Ready?
- Carry a Winter Kit
- Driving through ice and snow
- Driving in winter - for trucks and coaches
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Information on Winter Service
If you would like more information on our winter service then please use the useful knowledge articles below to find out more:
- What is a Primary gritting route?
- What is a Secondary gritting route?
- Can we have a grit bin?
- Gritting questions answered
Get Ready For Winter
Make sure you're prepared for when the weather changes and the temperature drops. Advice from the Met Office here.
More advice on staying healthy this winter, as well as links to free winter checks on boilers, can be found here
You can find the locations of our grit bins here.
Clearing snow and ice from pavements and public spaces
Will I be held liable if someone falls on a path I have cleared?
There is no law preventing you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public spaces. It is very unlikely that you would face any legal liability, as long as you are careful, and use common sense to ensure that you do not make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before. People using areas affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves.
What can I do to help clear snow and ice from pavements and public spaces?
Practical advice from highway engineers is given below. This is not a comprehensive list.
- Start early: it is much easier to remove fresh, loose snow compared to compacted ice that has been compressed by people walking on it.
- Do not use hot water. This will melt the snow, but may replace it with black ice, increasing the risk of injury.
- Be a good neighbour: some people may be unable to clear snow and ice on paths leading to their property or indeed the footway fronting their property. Snowfall and cold weather pose particular difficulties for them gaining access to and from their property or walking to the shops.
- If shovelling snow, consider where you are going to put it, so that it does not block people’s paths, or block drainage channels. This could shift the problem elsewhere.
- Make a pathway down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then you can shovel the snow from the centre to the sides.
- Spreading some salt on the area you have cleared will help to prevent any ice forming. Table salt or dishwasher salt will work, but avoid spreading on plants or grass as they may be damaged by it. A few grams (a tablespoon) for each square metre you clear should work. The salt found in salting bins will be needed for keeping roads clear.
Particular care and attention should be given to steps and steep gradients to ensure snow and ice is removed. You might need to apply additional salt to these areas.
- Use the sun to your advantage. Removing the top layer of snow will allow the sun to melt any ice beneath; however you will need to cover any ice with salt to stop it refreezing overnight.
- If there is no salt available, then a little sand or ash is a reasonable substitute. It will not have the same de-icing properties as salt but should offer grip under foot.