We provide grit bins at selected locations around the county.
You can use the grit on the road, pavements and other public footways but not for treating private property. Misuse of the grit can lead to unnecessary shortages that can cause a danger to motorists.
If you require grit or salt for your own property, it can be brought from major builders' merchants or large garden centres.
Where is my nearest grit bin?
To find the location of bins in your area, please see our interactive map.
How do we decide where to place grit bins?
We provide grit bins for locations that are off the priority salting routes and would not normally receive immediate help during severe weather or snow. We prioritise locations that have:
- difficult road junctions
- acute bends
- large numbers of pedestrians
Our criteria for providing grit bins can be found in our Highways Cold Weather Plan 2017/18 (PDF).
How to use the grit
Use a spade or shovel to spread the grit thinly and evenly across the road or pavement. A shovel full of grit will be sufficient to treat 20-30 square metres.
Report a grit bin problem
Filling grit bins
Our policy is to only fill each bin once a year, ahead of the winter season. This is to ensure that we can prioritise our funding and resources for other winter maintenance activities.
We inspect all of our grit bins each year between April and September. In September and October, we will fill any bins that are less than 75% full. If you are concerned that a bin is still empty after this time, please report it to us.
During colder winters or after significant snow, we may decide to carry out some second fills as an exception, where resources allow. Your reports of empty grit bins will help us with this.
More details on this can be found in our Cold Weather Plan (PDF).
How do I request a grit bin for my area?
Local organisations can fund a grit bin for £764. This covers installation, repair, maintenance, insurance, administration and one fill a year, for four years.
New bins will be installed at a safe location on the highway and filled ahead of the next winter season.
- Local organisations wishing to privately fund a bin should use this grit bin application form (PDF).
- Town or parish councils wishing to place their own bin on the highway (to be maintained and filled by themselves) should read the grit bin licence application page.
Can I clear ice and snow from pavements and paths without fear of legal action?
See GOV.UK advice on clearing ice and snow.