Snow and Ice Clearance

Amber Valley Borough Council Priorities

Amber Valley Borough Council has the following priorities for snow and ice clearance and gritting during severe winter weather.

  1. Cemeteries, to allow burials to continue.
  2. Amber Valley Borough Council car parks, to assist local shops and businesses.
  3. Amber Valley Borough Council offices, to enable residents to access services
  4. Amber Valley Borough Council Town Centre pavements.

It will strive to keep these areas clear of snow and ice and safe to use.

60 tonnes of grit are held as a sufficient stock but this will be challenged by the demands of a winter such as 2009/10, particularly when the Council is unable to obtain new supplies. For this reason, in these extreme circumstances, the Council will adopt the following procedure.

  • The Council will continue to fill its grit bins, grit the car parks and cemeteries until the stock is reduced to approximately 30 tonnes. At this point it will stop filling grit bins and concentrate on gritting the car parks and cemeteries.
  • Should the stock then fall to 5 tonnes, the Council will stop gritting car parks and concentrate solely on the cemeteries to allow burials to continue.
  • When grit deliveries are resumed this will be reversed, i.e. an additional delivery taking the stock to 30 tonnes will result in the re-instigation of car park gritting and any delivery taking stocks over this amount will result in the re-instigation of grit bin filling.

This procedure will enable the Council to continue to offer support to local residents through the provision of existing grit bins, whilst also seeking to ensure that it is able to keep its own facilities accessible for as long as possible.

Town Centres

The Council will grit Town Centre pavements during times of heavy snowfall. Please select one of the following Town Centres to identify the areas we will be gritting:


Roads and Footpaths

The Council does not clear and/or grit public highways and footpaths as this is the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council.

Grit Bins

The Council maintains a stock of 390 grit bins across the Borough for residents to help themselves as quickly as possible to treat dangerous or impassable roads and footpaths.

Find your nearest Grit Bin

The bins are filled at the end of October each year in time for winter and refilled through the season. Please contact us on 01773 841335 if you know of a bin that needs filling.

Please note that the grit is to help clear public pathways and roads, it is not provided for use on private property. Please act responsibly for the good of the wider community and do not take it to grit your own drive.

The provision of grit bins is not identified as a Council priority and consequently bins will not be supplied at new locations. However, existing damaged grit bins are replaced where there is an identified need.

Derbyshire County Council, Parish Councils and Futures Housing Group also provide grit bins across the Borough.  Futures Housing Group fill the bins in sheltered housing complexes.

Any requests for grit bins at new locations should be made to Derbyshire County Council, which will authorise the siting of grit bins and maintain and fill those on most main roads.

Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself

There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely.

The snow code - tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements or public spaces

Prevent slips

Pay extra attention to clear snow and ice from steps and steep pathways - you might need to use more salt on these areas.
If you clear snow and ice yourself, be careful - don't make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But don't be put off clearing paths because you're afraid someone will get injured.

Remember, people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves. Follow the advice below to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively.

Clear the 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. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

Use salt or sand - not water

If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery. You can prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can 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.
Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may cause them damage.
If you don't have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won't stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot.

Take care where you move the snow

When you're shovelling snow, take care where you put it 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 firs, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.

Offer to clear your neighbours' paths

If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you're worried about them, contact your local council.


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