When icy weather or snow is forecast, we use grit (rock salt) to treat roads and pavements around town centres, schools, train stations and local shops. We also clear ice and snow.

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During the winter period we have a duty officer on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make decisions on gritting activity based on weather forecasts.


We usually grit roads during late evening or early morning, depending on when icy conditions are predicted to occur.

Priority routes

We grit these routes before the temperature drops below zero, to reduce the risk of ice forming. This is called precautionary gritting.

Priority routes include:

  • all classified roads
  • bus routes
  • roads leading to fire stations and hospitals
  • other hazardous locations

We aim to complete all precautionary gritting of the priority network within three hours of commencing.

Additional roads and locations

When snow or widespread ice is forecast, additional roads will be gritted to make sure access to schools, residential care and other facilities is maintained.

In the event of heavy snowfall, additional locations, requested by residents, will be added to a list and we will attempt to treat these in priority order after our main network of roads have been treated.


Selected busy pavements are pre-gritted when widespread ice or snow is forecast. Gritting of other pavements will be carried out on a priority basis should snow accumulate.

Map of precautionary footway gritting network

Repeat gritting

In the event of snow settling, grit may not melt all the snow. If this occurs we will repeat the gritting of priority and additional roads.


Our winter service policy is in place between October and April.

Winter Service Policy

Doing your own gritting, and snow and ice clearance

You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully.

Sorry, we don't provide grit for use by residents or businesses.

Guidance on clearing snow from a road or path yourself (GOV.UK website)