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Oxfordshire County Council Cold Weather Update

Gritting runs

 

  • We aim to keep a network of major roads as free as possible from ice to minimise the risk of accidents. Precautionary salting (or ‘gritting’) helps to achieve this aim.
  • More information on routes and when the gritters are going out is here. We always advise people to take extra care even when roads have been treated.

 

Grit bins

 

  • Grit bins were refilled at the start of winter and are being refilled at the moment. There is more information on salt bins here. To request a refill, contact winter.servce@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • We do encourage self-help. There are around 1300 salt bins across the county for the public to use on the public highway, including footways. Some Town and Parish Councils have snow warden schemes.

 

Pavements and cycle paths

 

  • Footways only get limited attention by the county council because clearing them is very labour intensive. Only major shopping areas are likely to be treated with salt/grit in the early stages following snowfall.

 

Snow guidance and government advice

 

 

Information and social media

 

  • During severe weather and other major incidents, the county council uses its website to relay safety messages and update residents. Subscribe to our email alert for media stories for the whole county and your area here (scroll down the right-hand column).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates by social media.

 

Vulnerable children and adults

 

  • The emergency duty team of social workers (EDT) is on call 24/7, including over the Christmas period. Safeguarding concerns should be reported to 0345 050 7666 (office hours) or 0800 833408 (out of hours). 

 

Community planning

 

  • The county council provides advice and support for communities that want to develop a local resilience plan, so they are prepared for extreme weather and emergency situations.  

 

Contacts

 

ng runs

 

  • We aim to keep a network of major roads as free as possible from ice to minimise the risk of accidents. Precautionary salting (or ‘gritting’) helps to achieve this aim.
  • More information on routes and when the gritters are going out is here. We always advise people to take extra care even when roads have been treated.

 

Grit bins

 

  • Grit bins were refilled at the start of winter and are being refilled at the moment. There is more information on salt bins here. To request a refill, contact winter.servce@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • We do encourage self-help. There are around 1300 salt bins across the county for the public to use on the public highway, including footways. Some Town and Parish Councils have snow warden schemes.

 

Pavements and cycle paths

 

  • Footways only get limited attention by the county council because clearing them is very labour intensive. Only major shopping areas are likely to be treated with salt/grit in the early stages following snowfall.

 

Snow guidance and government advice

 

 

Information and social media

 

  • During severe weather and other major incidents, the county council uses its website to relay safety messages and update residents. Subscribe to our email alert for media stories for the whole county and your area here (scroll down the right-hand column).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates by social media.

 

Vulnerable children and adults

 

  • The emergency duty team of social workers (EDT) is on call 24/7, including over the Christmas period. Safeguarding concerns should be reported to 0345 050 7666 (office hours) or 0800 833408 (out of hours). 

 

Community planning

 

  • The county council provides advice and support for communities that want to develop a local resilience plan, so they are prepared for extreme weather and emergency situations.  

 

Contacts

 

Gritting runs

 

  • We aim to keep a network of major roads as free as possible from ice to minimise the risk of accidents. Precautionary salting (or ‘gritting’) helps to achieve this aim.
  • More information on routes and when the gritters are going out is here. We always advise people to take extra care even when roads have been treated.

 

Grit bins

 

  • Grit bins were refilled at the start of winter and are being refilled at the moment. There is more information on salt bins here. To request a refill, contact winter.servce@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • We do encourage self-help. There are around 1300 salt bins across the county for the public to use on the public highway, including footways. Some Town and Parish Councils have snow warden schemes.

 

Pavements and cycle paths

 

  • Footways only get limited attention by the county council because clearing them is very labour intensive. Only major shopping areas are likely to be treated with salt/grit in the early stages following snowfall.

 

Snow guidance and government advice

 

 

Information and social media

 

  • During severe weather and other major incidents, the county council uses its website to relay safety messages and update residents. Subscribe to our email alert for media stories for the whole county and your area here (scroll down the right-hand column).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates by social media.

 

Vulnerable children and adults

 

  • The emergency duty team of social workers (EDT) is on call 24/7, including over the Christmas period. Safeguarding concerns should be reported to 0345 050 7666 (office hours) or 0800 833408 (out of hours). 

 

Community planning

 

  • The county council provides advice and support for communities that want to develop a local resilience plan, so they are prepared for extreme weather and emergency situations.  

 

Contacts

 

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