Remember this? Horsted Keynes in the Snow!
Responsibility for salting and gritting roads and pavements rests with WSCC, however they have to prioritise when the weather deteriorates and rely on local residents to take responsibility for access within their Village.
The focus of the Winter Management Plan is on maintaining access to the Village (buses, deliveries such as heating oil / food etc. and emergency vehicles) and ensuring that people can safely move about the main areas of the Village.
In the event of snow, the Parish Council Winter Coordinator will be ensuring that salt is suitably dispersed around the Village, organising volunteer snow clearers, providing advice on spread rates and identifying problem areas that require clearing / salting / gritting. See advice on spreading rates here
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) will treat 1,600km of the county’s roads as part of their precautionary salting network. They have identified the main routes into the Village as priority routes for clearing and gritting and these include the main bus route (Priority 1) and the roads used by the School bus (Lewes Road / Sugar Lane – Priority 2).
WSCC does not undertake any of the following.
● Hand treat footways / Cycleways / or precincts
● Treat private, 3rd party or non highway land.
● Refill salt bins / replace Hippo Bags when stocks are critical.
For more information, please see WSCC website.
The Parish Council does not employ any maintenance staff but is always seeking volunteers to help with snow clearance on public footpaths and untreated roads. We have snow shovels and high-viz equipment for volunteers so if you can spare a little time to help when it snows, please contact the Clerk or the Winter Management Coordinator.
Some other links that may be useful are:
Finally – please don’t forget to be a good neighbour
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