Snow Warden Scheme
Along with 87 town and parish councils we have signed up to take part in DCC's Snow Warden Scheme volunteering to help clear snow and ice from pavements, footpaths and reporting conditions in the community.
Derek Puplett on Derby Lane is the snow warden.
The parish council receives a tonne of grit from DCC which Derek uses to replenish the grit bins which are located at the junctions of:
- Church Lane and Meadowside Close.
- Derby Lane and Back Lane.
- Hall Lane and Painter's Lane (A52).
- Hall Lane and Park Lane.
- Hollington Lane and Back Lane.
And there's one outside the church gates.
How you can help
If icy weather is forecast grab a few small handfuls of grit from your nearest bin and throw them on the road. A small handful does about a square metre.
The notice board on this site's home page automatically publishes any Met. Office severe weather warnings for the area. The latest situation can be seen on DCC's website. Also, check them out on Twitter and Facebook.
There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. So it's unlikely you'd be sued or held legally responsible if someone was injured on the path if you clear it carefully.
Just follow these simple steps set out in the Government's Snow Code:
Clear the snow or ice early in the day and cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.
Use salt or sand - not water. Help prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. Use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Sand or ash won't stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot. Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass − it could damage them.
Take care where you throw the snow so it doesn't block people's paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.
If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well − especially if they're elderly or disabled and depend on home health and social care support services which may need to reach them. Check on elderly and disabled neighbours to make sure they have enough heat and food. If you're worried about them in any way please Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.
Pay extra attention to clear snow and ice from steps and steep pathways - you might need to use more salt on these areas.
As Highways liability responsibilities are non-delegable, it is very unlikely that claims for any losses would be pursued by a claimant directly or by the County Council by way of proceedings seeking an indemnity or contribution against a Town or Parish Council unless the volunteering body had acted recklessly or negligently insofar as they failed to follow relevant guidance. If you act reasonably and follow the guidance for snow clearance this should not happen.
Just follow the simple steps set out in the Government's Snow Code.