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Gritting activity in the Borough Information about the council’s winter maintenance service, such as gritting routes and salt bin locations, is available by logging on to our website at A list of local suppliers who sell salt is also posted on the website and during the worst of the winter, usually from December to February, the main web page will have gritting activity information updated daily. Which roads are salted? Two categories of roads are eligible for salting: Priority 1 routes: (46 per cent of the road network) We salt these every time the weather conditions demand it. Priority 2 routes: (19 per cent) We treat these in extreme and prolonged icy conditions, only during the day and when all Priority 1 routes are clear. For other routes: Trunk roads (A19 & A66): The Highways Agency (not the Council) is responsible for treating these major routes. Other roads: Depending on available resources, we may salt these during extreme and prolonged icy conditions.

Did you know?

Can I clear snow from the pavement near my home?

We actually use locally mined rock salt from Boulby Mine, not grit (even though we call the wagons “gritters”). Salt lowers the freezing point of moisture but it needs to be crushed by traffic and dissolved into a solution to become really effective.

Yes, providing you don’t cause an additional hazard by allowing surfaces to refreeze – don’t attempt to clear snow by pouring hot water onto the area as it is likely to create a sheet of black ice.

How can I help? Our powerful gritters and snowploughs spread salt across the full width of the road. Drivers should keep at a safe distance, be patient and don’t attempt to overtake them.

It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that’s packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help to melt any ice beneath and dry out the surface.

When shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides. More tips on snow clearance as well as a range of other useful winter information are included on the government website Make your journeys safer

We provide more than 300 salt storage bins across the Borough – most in areas not covered by our gritting routes – for residents to salt the road and footpaths. We refill these regularly but you can report any empty or vandalised bins to Care For Your Area on (01642) 391959.

Don’t attempt to clear snow by pouring hot water onto the area as it is likely to create a sheet of black ice.

The salt in council salt bins is meant for use on public roads and footpaths, not private drives and footpaths. If you notice anyone using salt bins inappropriately or removing large amounts of salt unlawfully then please report it immediately to Care For Your Area on (01642) 391959.

You can then spread salt on the cleared surface to prevent ice forming overnight. You can use ordinary household salt, rock salt purchased from local retail outlets or communal salt from a salt bin providing it’s used on public footpaths and roads.

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Stockton News - Winter 2012  
Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News