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Gritting – The Winter Service & The Law

February 5th, 2021

Winter Gritting – What you and the community can do

What Comunities Can Do – Advice From Northamptonshire Highways

Northamptonshire Highways simply do not have the resources to grit every pathway in the county and they encourage people to use the 1500 grit bins across the county. Grit bins contain a 50/50 mix of sand and salt and hold approximately 0.75 tonnes. The grit/salt mixture in these bins is for use on public paths as well as roads. If you find a bin that is empty please report it to Street Doctor and it will be refilled. Click here to go to the Street Doctor web page.

There is a common misconception that the public could be held liable if they use grit from the bins. This is not true and the council actively encourages people to use the grit in these bins for public paths and roads or public spaces. The grit is not for use on private paths or driveways, however. (If an accident did occur, it’s highly unlikely that you would be sued or held responsible if someone were injured on a path or pavement, provided you have cleared it carefully.)

Don’t be afraid to clear public paths for fear that someone will get injured. People walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful. Don’t make pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze.

Find Out More

Further information can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council web site here.

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