Be prepared for snow

posted 13 Jan 2012, 05:25 by Yateley NW Sec
Whilst Hart is as well prepared as it can be to clear snow from our car parks and priority pedestrian areas the council's response will always be limited and we are keen to encourage residents / community groups to plan ahead and think about how best they can help themselves.

If everyone made the effort to clear the snow from the footpath at the front of their property or shop then it would make it a lot easier for everyone to get around, and allow Hart to focus its scarce resources on priority areas and the more vulnerable in the community. To assist people in finding salt and snow clearing equipment a list of local suppliers is provided on Harts website http://www.hart.gov.uk/supplier_list_-_snow.pdf

One of the misunderstandings that Hart is trying to dispel is the belief that people who clear snow from footpaths are likely to put themselves at risk of being sued. This is just a myth, and it is very unlikely that this situation would arise provided that the area is cleared safely and effectively. The government have recently updated their advice on this, and further information can be found on the direct gov website at:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_191868

Please remember Hampshire County Council are responsible for the salting and clearing the highway network details of their priority salt routes can be found at:
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/roads/winter-maintenance/road-salting.htm
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