Winter Resilience Plan


Clear the snow or ice early in the day – it is easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it.
Move the snow onto a porous surface such as grass verge or garden or along the kerb away from the drains.

Do not move snow to a location where it will create another risk such as another part of the pavement, road or where people are likely to walk.

Cover the cleared path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

Use salt or sand – not water - you can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt- a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work.

Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths and check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather.


A snow shovel or snow pusher (or a hard edged shovel for compacted ice).

Salt, sand or grit (to stop the surfaces from refreezing).

A bucket to collect, store and move grit.


It is impossible for all roads and pavements to be cleared and treated during adverse weather. The best way to ensure that as many pavements as possible are treated quickly is through self help and community spirit. HDC fully supports the task of self help and snow clearance and would ask individuals to clear their driveways, access roads and pavements outside their homes and businesses. This shared response will free up Council resources and allow Council workers to concentrate on the remaining priority pavement network and deal with the more vulnerable members of our community who may need help.