EXTREME WEATHER - ROAD SALT
SSDC provide a limited supply of road salt for village residents / volunteers to use in extreme weather conditions to ensure safe access around the village.

The Parish Council has a central store and the following residents have generously offered to keep a store so there is availablity around the vllage at various locations.

Mr Barrett - 2 Manor Drive
Mr Denman - 8 Shiremoor Hill
Mr Rodway 2 Lower Beadon
Mr Pippard 46 Glebelands
Mr Booth 7 Higher Street

This is NOT for personal residential use but for the Public Highway and Public Footpaths.

For further information contact Clerk: merriott-clerk@hotmail.co.uk or Tel: 01935 863420.


Somerset County Council
Your Guide to Winter Service in Somerset
Somerset County Council salts over 1,400km (870 miles) of its roads in anticipation of frost, snow and ice. This is approximately 21% of its entire road network, as shown on the map. The M5, A303 and the A36 are maintained and
treated by the Highways Agency.
What we do
Road salting is carried out in order to assist the safe movement of highway users in conditions of snow and ice. Resources are not available to treat all roads. Criteria have been used that meet national guidelines to enable the Pre-Salting Network to be
defined. This has been done to ensure a consistent approach across the county and achieve a responsible balance between cost and level of service. The criteria used to define the routes are listed below in order of importance.
1. Strategic and County Routes
2. Freight Routes
3. Links to Emergency Locations
4. Links to Adjoining Counties
5. Links to Major Settlements
6. Links to Settlements above 500 feet
7. Links to Urban/Rural Schools (Major)
In some parishes salt bins are located at key points to encourage self-help. We provide salt at these places on the understanding that it is used for highway purposes.
When are roads salted?
Salting is carried out when road surface temperatures are predicted to drop below zero and frost or ice is expected to form on the road. Normally, precautionary salting is carried out in the evening or early morning. However, during severe weather
conditions we may have to salt at other times. If frost follows rain in the early hours, or freezing occurs unexpectedly, there may not be enough time to salt the entire priority network before the morning rush hour. Motorists, therefore, should drive with caution and not assume that salting has been carried out.
What we can do
1. Carry out precautionary salting on the pre-salting network when there is a risk of ice or snow.
2. Clear the routes of snow accumulation in priority order.
3. Keep the public informed through the media as far as possible.
What we can’t do
1. Treat Motorway or Trunk Roads, as these are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.
2. Salt all highways.
3. Keep roads free of ice and snow all of the time.
What you can do
1. Prepare your vehicle for winter.
2. Check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling.
3. Allow extra time for your journey.
4. Give gritters and snow ploughs plenty of room to operate.
5. Carry a shovel and blanket in your vehicle.
Remember...
► Only the busiest roads are salted, most are not - drive safely.
► In icy conditions braking distances can increase tenfold.
► Regularly check your tyre treads throughout the season.
► It takes time for salt to become effective.
► Rain can wash salt off roads.
► In very low temperatures even salting does not prevent icing.
► Extra caution is needed when driving in bad weather.

WWW.SOMERSET.GOV.UK
Can I clear snow myself?
There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public
spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries sustained if you have cleared it carefully.
Follow the Snow Code when clearing snow and ice safely.
► If you clear snow and ice yourself, be careful - don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze.
► Clear the snow or ice early in the day d Use salt or sand – not water
►Take care where you move the snow d Offer to clear your neighbour’s path
For further information on the Snow Code please go to:-
https://www.gov.uk/clear-snow-road-path-cycleway or contact us.

Waste Services in Winter 2013 - 2014
Severe weather can delay or prevent kerbside collections of refuse and recycling, and limit recycling
site opening. Somerset Waste Partnership will try to maintain usual services, if this can be done safely. If collections are disrupted, we will try to return to collect any missed refuse or recycling as soon as possible. All kerbside recyclables
and household refuse can be taken to any recycling site, but check the site is open before travelling. Please look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours. For news on waste services in severe weather, listen to local radio and check Somerset
Waste Partnership on the web www.somersetwaste.gov.uk, Facebook www.facebook.com/somersetwaste, or
Twitter  www.twitter.com/somersetwaste.