20 December 2010

Map shows location of grit bins in Vassall ward

Amongst other information on the Winter maintenance page of the Lambeth website there are maps showing the location of grit bins around the borough.

The map for Vassall Ward is shown below (the location of salt/grit bins is shown on the map with red dots)

Lambeth issue the following advice on its  website FAQs page

Can I clear the footpath of snow and ice outside my house?
Yes, but please read our tips and advice.
  • Start early as it is easier to clear fresh, loose snow and more difficult to clear compacted ice.
  • Do not use hot water. This will melt the snow and may replace it with black ice which will increase the risk of injury.
  • Be a good neighbour as some people may be unable to clear snow and ice from outside their property.
  • Do not block paths or drainage channels with the newly shoveled snow.
  • Clear the middle of the area first so that you have somewhere to walk on.
  • Spread table salt or dishwasher salt on to the cleared area to stop ice but avoid spreading salt on to plants or grass.
  • Pay particular attention to steps and steep gradients.
  • Remove the top layer of snow so that the sun melts the ice underneath, but cover up any remaining ice with salt so that it does not refreeze overnight.
  • If you do not have salt available use sand or ash and, if necessary, grit from our grit bins. However, if you do use the grit, please remember that it is a hazardous substance and you will be using it at your own risk. You should keep the grit away from your skin and eyes.
Can I get sued for not clearing snow and ice properly?
There is no law to stop you clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your property, or from pathways to your property or to public areas. In the case of an accident you are unlikely to be sued if you have acted carefully and sensibly. When we use areas affected by snow and ice we all have a responsibility to be careful.