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EMERGENCY WINTER PLAN

 

We have submitted to WSCC and had approved a plan to for coping with snow and icy conditions on the roads within the parish.  We have a local contractor who, equipped with our own snowplough and salt and grit spreader and salt/grit supplied by WSCC, will be ready to respond to clear snow and treat designated icy roads in the parish.  The designated roads are the main routes through the parish to enable motorists to reach a main road treated by WSCC to allow them to continue their journey as safely as possible.  We are unable to treat minor roads and lanes but will treat known hilly sections which cause problems.

 

As part of the plan we will co-ordinate any emergency situations from the parish office using volunteer 4x4 drivers and are seeking more volunteers who are able to respond to help members of the community in abnormal weather to perhaps bring in supplies or transport emergency personnel to incidents. We are aware that some people rely on medical equipment or need medicines and that heavy snow and icy roads could leave them short of their requirements, should this happen please contact the Clerk at the Parish Office who will endeavour to provide help.

 

 If you have a suitable 4x4 and are able to help please contact the Clerk by email at wcpcclerk@aol.com or telephone 01798-817301.

 

 CLEARING SNOW AND ICE FROM ROADS AND PAVEMENTS

 

The ‘Gritter Twitter’ feed will provide updates on the weather, road conditions and gritting activity across the county.

People can sign up for the information on the social networking site Twitter by searching for @WSCCGritting.

People who are not signed up to Twitter can view the information by going to www.twitter.com/wsccgritting

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There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely.

 

  

 

 

 

The snow code

Tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements or public spaces

Prevent slips

Pay extra attention to clear snow and ice from steps and steep pathways -

you might need to use more salt on these areas.

If you clear snow and ice yourself, be careful - don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured.

Remember, people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves. Follow the advice below to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively.

Clear the snow or ice early in the day

It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has 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 melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

Use salt or sand - not water

If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery. You can prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins - this will be needed to keep the roads clear.

Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may cause them damage.gritter

If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot. 1 ton bags have been supplied by west sussex and have been delivered to places marked on the parish snow plan see map here

Take care where you move the snow

When you’re 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 firs, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.

Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths

If your neighbour will have 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 alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, contact your local council.

snow6Road gritting and snow clearance by your council

WSCC will add grit to roads and pavements in your area and clear snow in winter. For information about where and when your council is gritting local roads, check its website.

The County Council will follow up the message with further advice to local communities on what should happen in public areas like shopping streets and schools as part of the actions promised at the Snow Summit held earlier this year to review how public services coped with the extreme conditions last winter.

The Council also recently staged its annual 'Operation Snowflake'.

The exercise is held at the council's five highway depots across West Sussex to ensure the county's gritting procedures are rehearsed and ready to be put into action.

Gritting vehicles, snow ploughs and other equipment were tested and drivers briefed on the call-out procedures that are activated when cold weather hits.

The county's fleet of gritters also travelled across West Sussex on a 'dry run' to check the drivers were familiar with the routes they will be covering over the winter period.

There is more advice on the Road Winter Maintenance pages of http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/