Council urges people to prepare for cold weather ahead
The council's grit storage facility
November 3, 2023
Despite the relatively mild weather experienced so far this year, Wandsworth Council is urging resident to be prepared for ice and snow.
Once again free bags of grit and rock salt are being offered as part of the town hall’s annual winter preparations for tackling snow and ice. Residents can received up to 50 kilos of grit free-of-charge to help them clear frozen footpaths.
When there is ice on the ground local people often contact the town hall to volunteer to clear paths in their neighbourhoods - and the council’s offer is designed to support these efforts.
Residents also have much better knowledge of their neighbourhoods and are better placed to clear ice from the front garden paths of vulnerable or elderly people living close by.
Last year around 20 tonnes of grit were given to residents, community groups and neighbourhood watch co-ordinators.
Anyone who wants to take advantage of this free offer can visit the council depot in Dormay Street between 9am and midday on Saturday, 11 November and Saturday, 18 November.
They will need to bring some proof of address to show they live in the borough. The depot’s postcode is SW18 1EY for people using sat-navs.
The council is also supplying sacks of grit to Wandsworth’s 200 neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and filling up grit bins across the borough so that local people have an immediate stock close at hand.
There are now 56 of these bins located around the borough, situated mainly in hilly areas where icy pavements can be particularly treacherous. To find the location of your nearest grit bin visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/snow.
When temperatures plummet and roads and footpaths are covered in snow and ice the council’s fleet of gritting vehicles and dozens of staff are dispatched to clear it away, but with nearly 230 miles of road surface and 450 miles of pavements it is a mammoth task that always takes time to complete.
And to make the gritting of roads and pavements work effectively it needs repeated treatments – especially if temperatures drop further or there is another flurry of snow.
When snow has fallen, the priority is to keep the borough’s main roads clear of ice so that the emergency services and public transport can keep running. Particular attention is always paid to entrances at tube and rail stations, hospitals, day centres, schools, care homes, clinics and nurseries.
The gritting of borough red routes and their adjoining pavements is managed by Transport for London - these include the A3, A24, A205, A214, A306, A3205 and A3220.
For more information about the free grit offer call (020) 8871 6750.
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