Clearing snow and ice

We have pulled together a range of advice on clearing snow and ice in public areas:

  • There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. 
  • Clear snow or ice early in the day. It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it
  • Use salt or sand - not water. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice
  • Use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins - this will be needed to keep the roads clear.
  • Take care where you move snow - make sure it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains.
  • Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths - if they have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well.
  • Check elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather.

Further information and advice can be found at (external link).