Winter Weather reminder.


This is from the government website.

Can you 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


Highways: The main link from Bourton to Burford 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 and resources allow. Link to Gloucestershire Adverse Weather Plan

The County Council does not clear the smaller roads (there are too many of them), but helps provide supplies of grit for use on local roads.

  • 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. Please use sparingly, as the weather conditions could be prolonged.

1) Old Village: The green Parish-owned grit bins are located on  Bristol Road, Wright Road, Farman Crescent, and by the garages on Grebe Square. These are maintained by the Parish Council and if they need refilling contact the Parish Clerk. At the last URPC meeting (25 Oct 2018) it was announced that a further 5 bins are being acquired.

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: Bovis Homes has installed 3 yellow grit bins for use by residents to clear roads on the new development; by the bus stop outside the shops; by the school and by the south entrance to Mitchell Way.



The Parish Council now has a designated Snow Plough Operator, who can be called upon to clear the roads when required. URPC have to appoint a Parish Snow Warden, who once appointed will be responsible for keeping Highways updated about local conditions and calling out the Snow Plough Operator.

Please avoid parking on the highway, as parked cars make it much harder for the snow plough to get through. This leaves the Snow Plough Operator with a dilemma; don’t clear the road, or risk scratching cars with the edge of the snow plough blade! Neither of these are desirable outcomes.


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