Waltham Forest Council has a Winter Service Plan in place to deal with severe weather and will continue to run a consistent service and help to keep the borough moving during this period. This plan is reviewed annually.
View the Council's service maintenance plan 2012/2013 (1MB PDF file)
The scope of winter maintenance operations can be described as:
- Precautionary gritting of roads in anticipation of freezing conditions to prevent the formation of ice
- Continuous gritting of the road network in adverse conditions to enable continued safe usage
- Removal of snow and gritting of footpaths
This year's plan
- We have updated our Winter Service Plan to show pre-gritting and gritting routes
- We have replaced one of our gritters
- We have grit bins across the borough, now totalling over 150
- We have a lot more grit in storage than last year
All councils have a legal responsibility to maintain clear and safe passage along the highway, including the clearance of snow and ice. Priority routes for gritting include:
- Major roads
- All major traffic and bus routes
- Access to fire stations, police stations, hospitals and ambulance stations
- All steep hills
- High pedestrian use footways
- Shopping areas, bus stations, railway stations and other high pedestrian use footways
We use rock salt to pre-grit/grit the roads because it lowers the freezing point of water and prevents refreezing.
Gritters remain on standby and will take appropriate action following the latest weather forecasts. Street cleaners will be temporarily deployed to clear snow or help with gritting process.
Maps of gritting routes
Please note: The A406 and A12 are attended to by Transport for London (TfL).
The Council provides grit bins at strategic locations throughout the borough. We cannot place them everywhere but do try to put them where they are most needed, such as hills. Although we check the grit bins they do, during cold spells need refilling at times. If you notice a grit bin needs refilling please call Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000. A list of grit bin sites can be found below.
Waltham Forest Council grit bin locations (1MB PDF file)
Refuse and recycling collections during severe weather
During severe weather refuse and recycling collections may be disrupted as vehicles are not able to get around the borough. If safe to do so, please leave your refuse and recycling out and they will be collected as soon as possible. Please bear with us during this period, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Looking after yourself and others
Look after yourself during the winter period but also keep an eye out for your neighbours. There is a variety of advice available to keeping safe during the winter.
Advice for businesses
Some businesses need to keep trading during winter weather periods. The continuation of their business depends on robust plans that ensure staff, premises and resources are correctly managed.
Proper business continuity planning will give them a competitive advantage over their business rivals.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Why can’t we grit all of the roads in Waltham Forest?
- Why isn’t my road on the Winter Service Plan?
- Why hasn’t my road been gritted?
- When do you grit?
- Who grits the A406 and A12?
- When will my recycling/refuse be collected?
- Why aren’t the road sweepers gritting the roads?
- Can I buy grit from the Council to grit my own private property?
- Can I take grit from the grit box near me?
- My grit box is empty. How do I get the grit box refilled?
- Why have the grit boxes been removed?
- Can I have a grit box located near me?