Another chance for residents at risk of slipping on ice

Release Date: 05 January 2018

Residents who may be at risk of slipping on their driveways and footpaths are being encouraged to take advantage of the extension of the Borough’s newest community initiative.

The Council will once again be offering residents the option to collect up to 50kg of free rock salt to assist in the clearance of footpaths and to make areas safer for their use. The first round of the scheme, in December, proved very popular with 750 bags of rock salt issued to Richmond residents,

As usual the Council’s winter gritting service which runs from October to April will continue to keep main roads clear of snow and ice and ensure entrances to important public buildings remain accessible.

Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet member for Highways and Street Scene said:

“I am very pleased to see that this new initiative has been such a success, and has helped our residents in dealing with ice on their pathways thereby avoiding nasty accidents that come from slipping on ice.

“Anyone wanting to take advantage of the extended scheme can come to the Council’s Depot in Langhorn Drive, Twickenham and pick up a bag.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to make deliveries, so if residents have neighbours who unable to collect for themselves, this is an opportunity to help each other.” 

The rock salt will be available for collection over two consecutive Saturdays in January between 9am and 2pm on Saturday 13 January and again on Saturday 20 January.

As the depot is a secure area, you will need to sign in at the gate reception so please ensure you have photo ID and proof of address with you when you arrive.

For further information, contact Garry Whitby (Richmond Highways Manager) on 020 8891 7023.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182. 

Reference: P010/18

Updated: 19 January 2018