The Law on clearing snow and ice
Northamptonshire Highways simply do not have the resource to grit every path and road in the country and encourage people to use the 1500 grit bins across the county.
The salt is for use on public roads and paths.
If you find a bin that is empty, please report it to Street Doctor (fixmystreet.com) and NCC Highways will come out and refill.
Grit bins contain a 50/50 mix of sand/salt and hold approximately 0.75 tonnes.
There is a common misconception that the public could be held liable if they use the grit from the grit bins. This is not true and NCC Highways actively encourage people to use the grit in these bins for the use on the 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'd be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you've cleared it carefully.
Don't be afraid to clear public paths in fear someone will get injured. People walking on snow and ice have the responsibility to be careful.
Further information can be found on the NCC Website, just search Northamptonshire Highways Gritting.
Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:50 by Parish Clerk