Severe weather

Severe winter weather

The council's Winter Maintenance Plan aims to keep the highways network operational throughout periods of freezing ice and snow. To prevent frost and ice forming on road surfaces, precautionary gritting (salting) is carried out at carefully judged times before freezing occurs. If there is lots of snow then snow ploughs may be used to clear roads before gritting.

Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself

There is no law to stop members of the public from clearing the snow and ice on the pavement outside their properties, or on pathways to their property or public spaces. Provided they act reasonably and carefully, and use ordinary common sense, it is very unlikely that a member of the public would face any legal liability, should anyone have an accident. People who walk in these areas have responsibilities to be careful themselves.

Keep Warm, Keep Well

Keeping warm is a vital part of keeping well in the winter particularly for older people, the young and those with chronic illness. The Keep Warm Keep Well campaign offers advice on remaining healthy in cold weather and includes information on energy efficiency, grants and benefits available for financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Support for vulnerable people

Cold weather, especially extreme cold, can be dangerous for everyone. According to the government there are over 25,000 excess deaths each winter in this country, many of which are preventable. Preventative action can greatly benefit vulnerable groups during the cold weather. Be a good neighbour and be community spirited. Check on those around you, particularly the vulnerable that may need help or assistance

Safe winter driving

Although forecasting systems have improved, sudden weather changes still occur and motorists should be aware that it takes time for the salt to become effective after roads are gritted and rain can wash salt off roads leaving them prone to re-icing. In severe weather even salt will not prevent roads from icing up. For advice on driving in winter see GOV.UK driving in adverse weather.