Snow & Ice

A link to the Wadhurst Parish Council Snow Plan is included below, it includes information about where grit bins are located and who is responsible for them.

Just a reminder that the grit provided by the council is for use on the public roads and highways in order to benefit the community rather than for use on personal property –

The great snow clearing myth…

You know the one? “You can’t clear snow or you will be liable if someone slips…”

This has become so confusing that there is official advice on the website – it explains that “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.”

So what does carefully mean?? Just doing it in a way that doesn’t make the situation worse, so here are some useful tips taken from their site…

  • Clearing snow enables the sun to aid the melting and evaporation process throughout the day, and earlier in the day it is easier to move fresh, uncompacted snow.
  • Clear a path using a shovel and remove the snow. DO NOT use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • Salt helps prevent the re-freezing of water that can create black ice. You can place salt on a small trowel and shake some off as you walk along for example. (Salt does not remove snow or compacted ice, so using lots of salt is unnecessary, wasteful, and harmful to the environment)
  • You can use sand or ash if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
  • And last but in no way least, keep yourself safe while you do it!

Hope that helps!