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Our winter gritting service ensures that, where reasonably practical, main roads are kept clear of snow and ice and entrances to important public buildings remain accessible.

We use precautionary gritting from October to April to prevent the build up of ice on selected roads.

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A gritting lorry in snowy conditions

Extreme weather

In times of heavy snow we will also clear selected footways, pavements and smaller roads. This includes:

  • Footways in town centres, station forecourts, footbridges near to and adjacent to schools, care homes and hospitals
  • Footways and roads with steep slopes or inclines
  • Smaller roads (which will be gritted once the precautionary roads are gritted and there is some certainty that they will remain open)

View a list of secondary roads cleared in extreme conditions.

Winter Service Plan

Our Winter Service Plan (pdf, 684 KB) sets out in detail how we will respond to snow and freezing weather conditions.

If you have any feedback on our Winter Service Plan, email

Please note we are unable to respond to queries about road gritting sent to this email address.

Purchase a grit bin or a grit refill

We sell grit bins which are ideal for community groups, schools and large organisations, but can be requested by anyone. The bins are delivered full of grit, and come with a shovel and a lockable lid. 

Each request for a grit bin is assessed for suitability, as the bin will need to sit on your property but adjacent to a public highway.

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Updated: 20 September 2021