Gritting – The Winter Service & The Law
What Comunities Can Do – Advice From Northamptonshire Highways
Northamptonshire Highways simply does not have the resources to grit every path in the county and they encourage people ot use the 1500 grit bins across the county.
The salt in these bins is for use on public paths and roads.
If you find a bin that is empty please report it to Street Doctor and it will be refilled.
Grit bins contain a 50/50 mix of sand and salt and hold approximately 0.75 tonnes.
There is a common misconception that the public could be held liable if they use grit from the bins. This is not tre 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.
If an accident did occur, it’s unlikely that you will be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you have cleared it carefully.
Don’t be afraid to clear public paths in fear that someone will get injured.
People walking on snow and ice have the 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
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