Another chance for residents to collect free grit this weekend
Published: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Wandsworth residents can once again collect up to 50 kilos of grit free of charge from the council depot this weekend to keep their footpaths free of ice this winter.
The free offer to residents is part of the town hall’s annual winter preparations for tackling snow and ice.
Although London has enjoyed mild weather in recent weeks, temperatures could plummet in the months ahead so the council is once more offering borough residents grit to help them clear frozen footpaths.
When there is an ice on the ground local people often contact the town hall to volunteer to clear paths in their neighbourhoods and the council’s offer is designed to support these efforts.
Local people also have much better knowledge of their neighbourhoods and are better placed to clear ice from the front garden paths of vulnerable or elderly people living close by.
Residents collected half a tonne of free grit last weekend and others can do the same if they visit the council depot in Dormay Street between 9am and midday on Saturday (November 18).
They will need to bring some 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 will now be 56 of these bins located around the borough, situated mainly in hilly areas where icy pavements can be particularly treacherous. To find the location of your nearest salt bin visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/snow.
When temperatures plunge and roads and footpaths are covered in snow and ice, the council’s fleet of gritting vehicles and dozens of staff are dispatched to clear it away, but with nearly 230 miles of road surface and 450 miles of pavements it is a mammoth task that always takes time to complete.
And to make the gritting of roads and pavements work effectively it needs repeated treatments – especially if temperatures drop further or there is another flurry of snow.
When snow has fallen, the 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.
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.
For more information about the free grit offer call (020) 8871 6750.