Rye Council is all prepared for worst of winter weather

RYE Town Council has an action plan in case icy winter weather strikes.

The Council is offering advice to residents on the best way to clear snow without making footways and pavements worse.

It is best to clear the snow and ice as early as possible as it is easier to remove fresh, loose snow than hard compacted snow.

Unless the snow is very shallow do not spread salt until you have cleared as most of it as possible.

Do not spread anything other than the rock-salt in the bins provided. On no account should snow be melted with hot water as it may freeze and turn to black ice.

To conserve supplied the spread of salt should be sprinkled over the area to be kept clear and not deposited in clumps.

Avoid spreading salt on plants and grass and remember that it is corrosive.

Do not attempt to clear snow in severe weather conditions or if you are not physically capable of doing so safely.

Rye Town Hall and Tilling Green Community Centre have supplies of salt which can be used to keep footpaths clear.

A and B roads and bus routes are cleared and gritted by East Sussex County Council’s Highways division, however the county council does not clear pavements.

If you are clearing pavements you should be alert to the movements of approaching vehicles as they may not be under the full control of the driver and their sound may be muffles.

It is best to always wear high visibility safety clothing if you have it.

Trunk roads, such as the A259, are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

On shorter streets, with pavements either side, a safe pedestrian route can be created more easily by clearing one side first.

If you are clearing a large area make a path down the middle first to create a safe surface from which to work.