Gritting & Clearing Snow

Gritting & Clearing Snow in Gillingham

Is it ok to clear snow from a road, path or cycleway?
Guidelines from the government say it is ok to do so:

You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully.

How to clear snow and ice

When you clear snow and ice:

  • do it early in the day – it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
  • don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (but don’t use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • you can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
  • pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help

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Grit bins are available around Gillingham for community use on roads and pavements (not private drives).

The locations are as follows:

  • Barn surgery, Newbury
  • High Street, at the side of Connells Estate Agents
  • The Square
  • Lodbourne Green Junction, Bay Road
  • Front of High Street Car Park
  • Entrance to Lidls Car Park
  • Queen Street
  • RiversMeet Hardings Lane
  • Gyllas Way
  • Melbury Court to Thorngrove Footway
  • Milestone Way
  • Broard Roabin Junction Stour To Maple Way
  • Wyke Road Junction, Broad Robin
  • Marlott Road
  • Bay Road Junction, Shreen Way

Salting Route:

Dorset District Council is responsible for the salting route, this consist of major highways and important community areas such as schools & hospitals.

To view the salting route in Gillingham Click Here

More information can be found at

Gillingham Town Council