Road gritting routes

Information on road gritting routes, the council's winter service plan and how to request gritting.

Road gritting routes

During wintry weather, we treat roads to prevent ice from forming (known as 'precautionary salting') and melt any ice and snow already formed ('post-salting').


During and after snowfall, the salting of roads will be carried out (as required) on the same priority routes.

Salting may be undertaken for minor roads that are not included in the pre-determined routes - this will be in response to specific areas of icy conditions.

Minor roads

Minor roads will only be considered for salting once the primary and secondary routes have been completed. An inspection will be carried out to confirm that treatment is necessary and salting will be done on a priority basis.

Public footways

Footways, pedestrian precincts or cycle ways are not specifically included in pre-determined routes for precautionary salting.

Footways will only be treated once snow has settled - or during periods of prolonged freezing conditions. This would be done on a priority basis at locations including:

  • town centres
  • hospitals
  • old peoples homes
  • day centres
  • schools (during term times only)
  • footbridges
  • bus stops.

Where there are icy footways in locations not included in the above criteria, the footway will be inspected to assess whether it should be treated or not.

Request gritting

You can make a request for gritting in the borough, by completing our online form.

Request gritting

Page last updated: 07 Aug 2023