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Snow Clearance and Gritting

Redditch Borough Council has the following priorities for gritting and snow clearance

  • Crematorium and cemeteries will be cleared to allow funerals to take place
  • RBC staff car parks will be cleared to ensure there are suitable parking areas for Council staff who are getting into work to provide essential services
  • Key Council sites will be cleared to assist local shops and businesses and enable residents to access services.

Snow clearance will be carried out as stated above but will take longer than gritting.  Approximately a one metre wide pathway will be cleared to allow access.

All gritting and snow clearance work will be done to allow a sensible route for pedestrians and/or vehicles to access properties or facilities including council owned sheltered accommodation to allow access to Home Support Officers.

Roads and Footpaths

Redditch Borough Council are not responsible for gritting or clearing roads and footpaths.  This is the responsibility of Worcestershire County Council.  A primary network of 1,300km is treated in the first instance, with a secondary network treated when conditions require it and when resources allow.  These will include our highways and some main roads such as Coldfield Drive, Studley Road and Battens Drive.

To view the County Council's gritting routes, please click here and follow the instructions.

Grit Bins

The majority of grit bins are owned and maintained by Worcestershire County Council.  To request a grit bin to be installed or re-filled, please visit the Worcestershire County Council web site.

The snow code - tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements or public spaces - Extract from Gov.UK website

Don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves.
Follow the advice below to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively.
And don’t believe the myths - it's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries if you have cleared the path carefully.

Clear the snow and ice early in the day

It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

Use salt or sand - not water

Don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery.
You can melt snow or prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins - this will be needed to keep the roads clear.
Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may damage them.
If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as effectively as salt, but will provide good grip underfoot.

Take care where you move the snow

When you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.

Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths

If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, try contacting their relatives or friends, or if necessary the local council.

For more advise on preparing for Winter, please visit the DirectGov website by clicking here.

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This page was last reviewed 18 March 2015 at 10:26 by Neil Perrett.
The page is next due for review 14 September 2015.
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