There are over 250 yellow or black bins filled with salt (grit) for use in the community on public roads and pavements subsidising our gritting routes. Locations can be found on the interactive map of gritting routes and grit bins.
The salt in the community bins is for use only within the community on public paths, pavements and roads only - not for private use on driveways or garden paths.
Anyone can use the salt to put on the roads or pavements. This can be particularly useful to 'join up' salting from the main to smaller access roads or on the pavements to the local school.
Half a tablespoon of salt (10 grams) is sufficient to treat one square metre of road/pavement surface. Please use the salt carefully - overuse will result in it being used up too quickly and can lead to large piles of undiluted salt that people can slip or trip on.
Safety is the most important factor:
The bins are all inspected and filled at the beginning of the winter period. They are restocked with grit when needed depending upon their usage and the severity of the weather. We refill the salt bins as soon as reasonably possible and in bad weather we will endeavour to fill up empty bins on route.
At times of prolonged severe weather, the priority of the winter maintenance teams will be to salt the main roads and we may not be able to refill the salt bins as quickly as at other times.
Highways will consider requests for additional grit bins based on consideration of the following criteria:
Often grit bins become the focus of vandalism. If this becomes an particular nuisance, a request for the bin to be removed can be made.
Consultation with other local residents in the area and local ward councillors would be needed before the facility is withdrawn on nuisance grounds.
If a grit bin is damaged, the location will be assessed against criteria before the bin is replaced. If the site does not meet the criteria, subject to consultation as outlined above, then the grit bin may not be replaced.
For advice on clearing snow and ice from pavements, see the snow code on the Met Office website.
To report an empty salt bin, please contact Customer Service. Please tell us the exact location of the bin (street name, area and outside which house number) when reporting and ideally quote the unique reference of the salt bin as shown on the interactive map of gritting routes and grit bins.