RESIDENTS in the Hucknall and Bulwell area are being urged to follow the ‘Snow Code’ this winter and become community-spirited neighbours by clearing paths, roads and pavements of snow and ice.
Notts County Council is asking householders to keep the county on the move in bad weather by following the new code, which gives safety advice.
It clearly states there is no reason locals shouldn’t clear streets and pavements if they are able.
“The county council is better prepared than ever for this winter and remains committed to playing its part by salting and gritting the main roads across the county,” said Coun Richard Jackson (Con), lead member for transport and highways.
“During severe winter weather and heavy snow, our priorities are to get the main roads and key public-transport corridors passable as quickly as we can so that emergency services and as many people as possible are able to undertake essential journeys. When we have achieved this, we will assist minor roads but, where you are able, you don’t have to wait for us to reach your road and footway.
“A belief has grown up over the past few years that you shouldn’t clear snow from roads and footways yourself in case you get sued should someone fall and injure themselves).
“In truth, there is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the footway outside your home or from public spaces, provided you take sensible precautions. I’d urge everyone to do their bit.”
The ‘Snow Code’ says:
n DON’T make the footways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But don’t be put off clearing footways because you’re afraid someone will get injured;
n CLEAR the snow or ice early in the day. It is easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.
n USE salt or sand and not water! If you use water to melt the snow, it will refreeze and turn to black ice. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt. A tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work.
n USE your own salt for your own driveway and only use the salt from council grit bins for public footways and roads.
n WHEN you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block the paths or drains of neighbours.
n OFFER to clear your neighbours’ paths. If your neighbour has difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are all right in the cold weather.