Now that wintry weather is well and truly upon us, and local roads and footpaths are turning into ice rinks overnight, it seems appropriate to remind King's Sutton residents of the provisions made by local government for our safety.
Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is responsible for gritting most of the highways in the county. The council provides detailed mapping of the roads it plans to grit (see below) but emphasises that you should never assume a road has been gritted. (Very occasionally gritting arrangements do not go to plan, and the majority of minor roads in the county will receive no treatment at all.)
If ice and/or snow are forecast, NCC prioritises all A roads together with certain B roads and some other roads for gritting. The council refers to these roads as the "precautionary network" (P1). The aim is to treat Priority 1 (P1) roads before the morning peak traffic time, though the target time for action otherwise depends on forecast and conditions. The P1 precautionary treatment network is 45% of the total road network.
The "adverse network" (P2) covers certain links to villages not on the precautionary network (P1) along with certain bus routes and industrial estates. Where the weather forecast indicates that the temperature is unlikely to rise above freezing within the next 48 hours, gritting will be carried out on the Priority 2 (P2) network only if the Priority 1 (P1) network does not require further treatment.
Trunk/major roads (eg, A43, A5, M1, etc) are gritted by the Highways Agency.
To view/download a map of NCC's priority gritting routes (plus comprehensive advice on dealing with winter driving conditions), click here.
To view NCC's interactive map of the streets it grits in King's Sutton, click here.
Salt bins provided by NCC can be used by the public to help keep the roads and pavements clear. However, the salt is not intended for use on private drives. If you find a bin which needs refilling please telephone Street Doctor on 0845 601 1113. There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public spaces.
Tips and advice on clearing snow and ice: