Snow Clearance / Grit Bins

This is from the government website.

Clear snow from a road, path or cycleway?

You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully.

How to clear snow and ice

When you clear snow and ice:

  • do it early in the day – it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
  • don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (but don’t use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • you can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
    pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help

Council Gritting

  • You can find out which roads and pavements your council grits in icy or snowy weather.
  • Salt is provided for the Highways and not for personal pathways.


1) Old Village: Grit Bins deployed in strategic places. These are maintained by the Parish Council and if they need refilling contact the Parish Clerk. They are unlocked until a snow warden is allocated to manage them.
Contact Clerk/RFO: Pauline Rigby
Telephone: 01451 810839

2) Wellington Road: This road is not unadopted and therefore the bin is maintained by Rissington Management Company, who have asked for it to be locked after the initial batch of grit taken. Margaret Flint manages it and will spread Grit when conditions warrant it. Please contact her if required. This road is not planned to be adopted. N.B. Smith Barry Road is also not adopted.

3) Victory Fields: There are no Grit Bins at present which is unsatisfactory. Temporary Bins should be allocated by Linden / Bovis until the roads are adopted. In this interim period they will have to be maintained by Linbo. I would suggest residents ask the developers to fix this situation until adoption and at this point URPC will maintain them.

Last but not least – Highways: The main link to Bourton is a primary road for gritting, however the Barrington Road is regarded as secondary and will only be done once the primary roads are clear. Link to Gloucestershire Adverse Weather Plan.

The following information is directly from Amey who are contracted to clear roads:

  • Victory Fields infrastructure and some parts of Upper Rissington are not adopted such as Wellington Road and Smith Barry, and therefore not the responsibility of highways. 
  • Highways would not want the “designated farm plough” going into these estates, as any snow hidden raised manholes would do extensive damage to the ploughs, which are GCC assets.
  • I have also been advised that the some grit bins were emptied to fill a gritter being towed by a farm plough. This is not what they are for; the grit bins are there to salt sparingly on highway only, such as bad bends and the like.
  • Some parishes lock their salt bins to prevent theft of salt and indeed the misuse of it.