Winter Maintenance

Winter Gritting

Responsibility for salting and gritting roads and pavements rests with West Sussex County Council, however they have to prioritise when the weather deteriorates. The Town Council, with a small dedicated outdoor services team, plays a significant role in co-ordinating and addressing specific issues on the ground.

Winter Gritting

The aim of the East Grinstead Winter Management Plan is on maintaining access to Town Centre pavements and its surrounding areas and ensuring that people can safely move about in the main areas of the Town.

East Grinstead, being north of the high Weald and with hilly terrain, suffers from very different weather patterns than the bulk of the District south of the Weald. It is generally 1 or 2 degrees colder and driving conditions tend to be worse at periods of heavy snow and ice as a result of undulating terrain.

West Sussex County Council treats 1,600km of the county’s roads as part of their precautionary salting network.

Priority Routes for Clearing and Gritting (snow):

  • Primary roads into the Town including the main bus routes (P1 and P2 roads)

West Sussex County Council does not undertake any of the following:

  • Hand treat footways / Cycle ways / or precincts
  • Treat private, 3rd party or non-highway land.
  • Refill salt bins / replace Hippo Bags when stocks are critical.

For further information go to the West Sussex County Council’s Road Winter Maintenance.

Grit Bins

East Grinstead Town Council provides 68 grit bins around the town and West Sussex County Council refill the salt bins before the start of winter only.

West Sussex County Council will NOT refill empty bins and the Town Council are only able to assist once the pavement clearance has been completed and if stocks allow.

Once the bad weather arrives, the salt/grit is there for residents to use on the highways (not private roads drives or access points as these are private land and you should purchase grit or salt for this). The salt should be used sparingly as a little goes a long way.  Town Council officers are not available to come and spread this salt for you as there will be other pressing jobs to be done.  Please be neighbourly and use the salt/grit as it is intended.

Gritting

  • You do not need to carpet an area with grit to achieve the desired effect. ‘Dusting’ the grit sparingly from a shovel will achieve the same effect.
  • Remember if you use all the grit in one area, others will be without.
  • Grit can be purchased from local building merchants and DIY Store

The Town Council have no stocks of grit to deliver if you do not have a grit bin.

Additional Bins

It was decided during the 2013 Amenities and Tourism Meeting that the Town Council will NOT provide any additional grit bins in future. Due to the increasing number of grit bins it can take up to 4 days to refill them which is a strain on our limited resources.

Pavements

When snow or ice is forecast West Sussex County Council salt the priority routes in West Sussex and are unable to hand treat any pavements. To assist the community the Town Council purchased a Tracmaster walk-behind motorised snow plough and brush and a Glasdon manual gritter for use on the Town Centre’s pavements, steps and bridges.

Please remember this is not a statutory duty of the Town Council, we have only a small team and getting to everyone’s problem is not always possible. However if you have a genuine emergency you should contact the appropriate services for assistance.

Volunteering

The District Council has provided equipment to enable local volunteers to clear ice and snow from Highway pavements.

Volunteers will be loaned official Mid Sussex District Council equipment:

  • Snow shovel
  • Hat & gloves
  • Hi-Viz vest & ice grippers

Volunteers will be required to:

  • Complete a declaration confirming you are physically fit & over 18
  • Wear the Hi-Viz vest for the whole period of work on pavements
  • To prevent pedestrians slipping on ice you will be required to salt/grit areas that have been cleared, Volunteers are issued with a risk assessment record for work activities undertaken.

Severe weather conditions can be life-threatening, especially to those who are less likely to be able to look out for themselves. During these times, you can help your more vulnerable neighbours by calling in on them to check that they are warm, well and have sufficient food supplies.

Department for Transport Snow Code

Advice from GOV.UK on clearing snow and ice from public highways states: You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. 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.

How and when to clear snow and ice from a road, path or cycleway:

  • do it early in the day – it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
  • don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (but don’t use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • you can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
  • pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help

The Met Office Information: Keep safe during winter

Get Ready for Winter Campaign www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/get-ready-for-winter