Winter Preparation

The gritters have been out tonight following the flurry of snow so please find below some details about winter preparation.

Over the last few years the Town Council has had to take on more responsibilities from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council. One of these duties is winter preparation. Gloucestershire Highways have provided the initial grit for the grit bins and will do some main road gritting and snow clearing if they are able.

However once the bins are empty the responsibility and the cost of refilling them falls mainly to the Town Council. Highways will refill only if they are able to. Please be aware of your nearest grit bin (as per attached map) and only use it on roads and pavements. Use a spade or shovel to spread the salt evenly. We have left empty milk carton bottoms in each bin to assist with this. Please replace these if you find them missing. If a bin is empty you can report it to the Town Council by email or by calling the office on 01451 861499.

Please do not use grit from these bins to clear your own driveways or paths – salt stocks are limited, and you may be prosecuted if caught stealing salt for private use.

We only have a small band of volunteers working with the Winter Action group so please could we ask residents to take a few moments on icy days to check their area and spread some grit if it is necessary. There is not sufficient grit for the whole of Northleach so please use only when and where it’s needed. I have attached a grit bin location map for reference. (Currently there is no grit bin up Nostle Road so we will arrange for some sacks to be left at the bottom)

Kind regards
Cat Crompton

Clerk
Northleach with Eastington Town Council

Gloucestershire County weather update

Gritters will be going out around the county tonight as more snow is expected to fall.
Teams will be going out later this evening treating primary routes – all A and B roads – ahead of the predicted snowfall from around 2am.

Coming from the north, forecasters say the snow will fall during the early hours and again during tomorrow morning accumulating to between 2cm and around 9cms particularly on higher ground.
However, the snow will turn to sleet and then rain by mid-morning turning most of the snow to slush.

Temperatures are expected to fall to just below freezing but will rise over the weekend and into next week.
Tomorrow morning, drivers will need to take care on the roads.
Tips on winter driving can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.

While the council will do all it can to keep roads free of ice, residents are also being urged to do their bit too by helping to clear pavements.

Last year people were worried about liability issues after clearing ice and snow themselves.
But new guidance from the government on gritting your own driveways and pavements is now available on www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter and people are being advised to ensure they’re prepared before bad weather hits.

Gloucestershire County Weather Update

Gloucestershire County Council’s gritting team will remain on standby as cold weather continues.
Overnight tonight, temperatures are not expected to drop below freezing so the gritting teams will not be going out. However, tomorrow the weather will get colder again so gritters will be treating primary routes – all A and B roads – across the county.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures to fall to around -2.5 tomorrow and Thursday and -1.5 on Friday.
Heavy rain and sleet is also expected, but at the moment snow is not on this week’s forecast.
Where heavy rain falls and the temperatures drop, there is always the chance of ice on the roads so motorists are advised to continue driving with care.

Tips on winter driving can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.
While the council will do all it can to keep roads free of ice, residents are being urged to do their bit too by helping to clear pavements. Last year people were worried about liability issues after clearing ice and snow themselves. But new guidance from the government on gritting your own driveways and pavements is now available on www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter and people are being advised to ensure they’re prepared before bad weather hits.

Gloucestershire County Council is aware that there are problems nationally with salt deliveries not being made. The Department for Transport has already intervened and is allocating salt to the councils that are running out of salt and need it the most. In Gloucestershire, we are managing our stocks well so we’re not one of the councils that is receiving or asking for support from the DfT at this stage.

  • At the risk of wintry weather we salt 1,000 miles of roads making up our ‘Primary Network’ of vital routes to larger settlements and access to emergency services. This is around a third of our road network.
  • In severe conditions if time and resources are available a ‘Secondary Network’ made up of regular bus routes may also be salted.
  • The Highways Agency salt the A417/A419 from Air Balloon south to the county border, A40 west of M5 or M5 motorway.
  • We don’t just salt when the weather gets cold – we use expert weather advice and scientific evidence to determine when we should send the gritters out.
  • Each community has volunteers operating snow ploughs or telling us about conditions in outlying villages during very severe weather.

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Preparing for colder weather

With snow predicted overnight tonight, Gloucestershire County Council is preparing its team of gritters for action. Gritters will be out treating the roads this afternoon ahead of evening rush hour and again after midnight. The 34-strong army will be going out all across the county as the forecast is below freezing throughout Gloucestershire.

Weather experts are predicting snow to reach Gloucestershire from the East just after midnight.
It is expected to continue until early morning with snowfall between two and five centimeters by midday tomorrow, particularly on higher ground. Throughout the rest of the week, temperatures are not expected to rise much above freezing and further snow is possible on Wednesday.

Driving conditions are likely to be icy in early mornings and late evenings so motorists are advised to take care. Residents are advised to check out guidance on clearing their own driveways and pavements of snow and ice on www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter if they feel it is necessary.

Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’ve already seen one of the coldest Novembers on record and it would appear now that winter is really upon us. “While snow is looking likely, at the moment we’re not expecting a huge amount so sending our gritters out just before it’s due to hit the county is the best option.  “As always, we will do our best to keep the roads open but motorists are asked to take care when driving and residents are urged to do their bit to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours during this freezing weather.”

•    At the risk of wintry weather we salt 1,000 miles of roads making up our ‘Primary Network’ of vital routes to larger settlements and access to emergency services. This is around a third of our road network.
•    In severe conditions if time and resources are available a ‘Secondary Network’ made up of regular bus routes may also be salted.
•    We don’t salt the A417, A419, A40 or M5 motorway, which is managed by the Highways Agency.
•    We don’t just salt when the weather gets cold – we use expert weather advice and scientific evidence to determine when we should send the gritters out.
•    Each community has volunteers operating snow ploughs or telling us about conditions in outlying villages during very severe weather.

Contact
Issued by Lisa Bonnell, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425226