Get ready for winter

Published: Wednesday 28th November 12

The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert, and residents are urged to get prepared for a chilly snap.

Cllr Govindia with one of the new salt bins The council has published its Winter Service Plan which details how it will respond to cold weather, including how the 230 miles of roads and 450 miles of footpaths in the borough are gritted. Particular attention is always paid to entrances outside tube and railway stations, hospitals, OAP day centres, schools, care homes, clinics and nurseries.

There is a network of salt bins across the borough which residents can access to grit the pavements around their house, and those of vulnerable neighbours. These are situated mainly in elevated and hilly areas where icy pavements can be particularly treacherous. 

Thousands of kilos of grit have also been handed out to neighbourhood watch co-ordinators, community groups and others to help them cope with frozen footpaths this winter. Read the Winter Service Plan and find out about salt bins and gritting operations.

Older people, carers, expectant mothers and people with an underlying health condition are urged to get a flu jab.

Visit the council's keeping warm page for tips on

  • Heating your home
  • Financial support
  • Eating well
  • Looking after yourself

The council's Emergency Planning department works to prepare the borough for emergencies, such as flooding. Get information on flash flooding at  Find out more about the council's emergency planning at

Read the Met Office's Cold Weather Alert.

Residents will be notified of any changes to service delivery via the council's website,, and social media accounts. Follow @wandbc on Twitter and on Facebook. Subscribers to the council's weekly e-newsletter, Wandsworth24seven, will also get emergency email updates when appropriate.

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