There is no law stopping individuals from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside a persons or from public spaces.
A number of town and parish councils have made preparations for severe weather. Residents can find contact details for their parish council here to find out what support is available.
To keep up to date with the weather follow this link Weather information. Information on Gritting and snow clearance can be found following the link,
It is unlikely an individual would be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if cleared carefully.
Local residents should ensure they use common sense and not make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before.
Tips and advice on clearing snow and ice
Start early - it’s easier to clear fresh, loose snow compared to compacted
ice that has been compressed by people walking on it
Do not use hot water - this will melt the snow, but may replace it with black
ice, increasing the risk of injury
Be a good neighbour - some people may be unable to clear snow and ice on
paths from their property
If shoveling snow, think where you are going to put it so that it doesn’t
block people’s paths or drainage channels
Make a pathway down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a
clear surface to walk on
Spreading some salt on the area you have cleared will help stop ice forming -
table salt or dishwasher salt will work, but avoid spreading on plants or grass
as they may be damaged by it
Pay particular care and attention to steps and steep gradients
Use the sun to your advantage - removing the top layer of snow will allow the
sun to melt any ice beneath; however you will need to cover any ice with salt to
stop it refreezing overnight
- If there’s no salt available, sand or ash are good alternatives