We are fielding a lot of enquiries due to the winter weather so please find below some additional information.
Road clearance – Highways clear the main route through Northleach only. They do not do the side streets and most of these are usually cleared by the local snow plough operator as directed by Highways. Here is the link to the Glos Highways gritting routes map: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.
Gritting – Highways will grit the main route only when the weather conditions indicate icy conditions. Highways are responsible for the road network and during adverse winter weather Gloucestershire Highways’ resources are focused on keeping the strategic carriageway network running, with priority being given to bus routes, schools, and routes with emergency services such as hospitals, doctors, fire and ambulance. In addition the snow warden has spread grit (when available) on the priority areas. In addition residents are able to help themselves to grit from the bins across town. However grit has run low over the last week.
Locally – The Town Council try to assist by ordering salt stocks, checking on the grit bins and trying to refill them when empty if there is stock available. This week due to the severe conditions the grit stock ran out and we were not able to replenish till yesterday as Highways were also out of bagged stock. Please find a copy of our grit bin locations (please note there have been some new bins including ones at the bottom of Nostle, in the Churchyard as you come up from the Post Office and Meadow Lane). Please let us know if you have ideas for other bin locations and we will investigate. They have all been filled but most have run empty again. The snow warden is refilling them today but again salt stocks are low and they may not all be filled. Please continue to let us know if your local one is empty.
Gritting on pavements and footpaths – Highways will grit some of the footpaths if they have the resource. Please help yourself to grit if you want to use it on public land like roads and pavements. Please do NOT use it on your private drives as you can be prosecuted for that.
Can I clear pavements? This is a really common question, and the simple answer is that you can. This government website has further advice: www.gov.uk/clear-snow-road-path-cycleway.
Please check on neighbours who may not wish to venture out in the snow or icy conditions.
Cotswold District Council also offers winter advice on their website: www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/get-ready-for-winter/.
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk