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Roads in winter

Footpaths and pavements

We routinely grit main footpaths in town centres when ice or snow is forecast.

If there has been a lot of snow we will also clear and grit footpaths beside main roads.

Generally, we will not grit footpaths in residential areas. We ask able-bodied local residents to clear the footpath in front of their property and to help less able neighbours by clearing their footpaths. We hope this will encourage community spirit. It can be fun, and good exercise as well.

There are exceptional circumstances though and these are listed in section 1.6 of winter service policy and procedures 2022-2023.

The precautionary gritting of footpaths in town centres should normally be completed within three and a half hours after we start. For the gritting/clearing of other main footpaths, we aim to have these done within two working days after starting.