Residents offered free grit to use if their footpaths ice over

Published: Thursday 29th October 15

Members of the public are once again being offered free bags of grit and rock salt next month as part of a town hall initiative to combat snow and ice this winter.

With colder temperatures on the horizon, the council is offering residents up to 50 kilos of grit free of charge to help them clear frozen footpaths this winter. The grit comes in 25 kilo sacks – just slightly heavier than the normal luggage allowance permitted by airlines.   

Council leader Ravi Govindia at a grit bin

Last year the council gave away more than 20 tonnes to residents, community groups and neighbourhood watch co-ordinators.

Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This initiative means that local people can clear their own front garden paths and those of elderly or disabled neighbours who might otherwise struggle to get out in an icy snap.

“Many people have told us they would be willing to help clear paths in their neighbourhoods if they have the tools to do the job. By making this offer and working together like this we will be able to clear away snow and ice much more quickly.”

Residents who want to take advantage of the offer should visit the council depot in Dormay Street, Wandsworth between 9am and 1pm on two Saturday’s next month – November 14 and 21. People must bring proof of address to show they live in the borough. The depot’s postcode is SW18 1EY for people using sat-navs.

The council is also supplying sacks of grit to Wandsworth’s 200 neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and filling up grit bins across the borough so that local people have an immediate stock close at hand.

There are now 55 of these bins located around the borough, situated mainly in hilly areas where icy pavements can be particularly treacherous. 

When snow has fallen, the council’s priority is to keep the borough’s main roads clear of ice so that the emergency services and public transport can keep running. Particular attention is always paid to entrances at tube and rail stations, hospitals, day centres, schools, care homes, clinics and nurseries.

Town hall gritting crews have nearly 230 miles of road surface and 450 miles of pavements to treat when snow does fall.

The gritting of borough red routes and their adjoining pavements is managed by Transport for London - these include the A3, A24, A205, A214, A306, A3205 and A3220.

To find the location of your nearest grit bin visit and more advice about what to do in a cold snap visit

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What do I do as I am away on those two Saturdays
John Slater

30 October 2015

In the City of London the pavements are cleared of ice and snow by the the street cleaning contractors. In Wandsworth when we get ice and snow all the cleaners disappear and the pavements are an ice rink! Why can one local authority clear their pavements while this one leaves its residents to slip over?
Brionie Sherriff

30 October 2015