Salting roads in winter

In cold weather, Devon County Council aim to grit the main routes of the county, which includes roads through Avonwick. The County Council also fill the Salt Grit bins which are distributed around the parish, and provide bags of Salt Grit in additional locations if severe weather is expected.

Salt will work at temperatures down to minus 8-10ºC. Below that temperature salted roads will still freeze.

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)
  • one tablespoon of salt (20 grams) is sufficient to treat one square metre/square yard of  surface.
  • 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
  • but remember that you should not use salt from council grit bins on private driveways

Where are the grit bins?

You can see the location of the salt bins on an interactive map here.

Which roads are gritted?

You can download a map of Devon County Council’s gritting routes from their website here. These are also shown on the map below.

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