Snow Plan and Winter Advice
Horncastle Town Council has in place a Snow Plan which aims to clear snow and ice from priority areas in the town (see the plan below for details). The work is carried out by the Estates Supervisor and local volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Town Clerk on 01507 522957 or via email using the form on the Contact us page.
The Town Council has six blue grit bins around the town. They are located at:
- Wharf Road (opposite the library)
- junction of Accommodation Road and Prospect Street
- Holy Hill (off Lincoln Road past Thomas Sully Close)
- footpath from Prospect Street through to Tescos
- footpath between John Brown Close and Lincoln Road
- Langton Close/Langton Drive junction
When icy weather is forecast these bins will be available for local people to use to clear roads and pavements in their area. Grit from these bins must not be used to clear private drives and paths though.
Unfortunately all the scoops from the grit bins have now been stolen! The Town Council will not be replacing them but if you do regularly take grit from your local bin to grit your area then we can issue you with a scoop to store at home. Email the council with your details and we will arrange to drop one round to you.
Helping clear your local area - snow and ice advice published
EAST Lindsey District Council has once again published the Government’s snow and ice advice to remind local people that they can clear pavements and public spaces themselves, providing it’s done sensibly.
The Government’s Code:
Prevent slips - Pay extra attention to clear snow and ice from steps and steep pathways - you might need to use more salt on these areas. If you clear snow and ice yourself, be careful - don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves.
Clear the snow or ice early in the day - It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.
Use salt or sand - not water - If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. You can prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot.
Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths - If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, contact your local council.
Along with the Government’s advice, the District Council has also published a list of car parks it will try to keep clear during snow and ice.
The priority car parks are:
- Alford – Market Place
- Horncastle - St Lawrence Street and Market Place Car Parks
- Louth – Queen Street, Town Hall, Meridian Leisure Centre, North Gate,
- Cornmarket, Kidgate and Market Place
- Mablethorpe – Station Sports Car Park
- Skegness – Lawn Car Park (Hildreds) and Embassy Car Park
- Spilsby – Post Office Lane and Middle Market Place
- Council operated car parks – Tesco, Horncastle and Co-op, Louth are contractually required to be kept free from ice and snow by the supermarket operator.
The Government’s snow and ice guide can be viewed at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/snowandice or a copy can be picked up from your local customer service centre or leisure centre.
Lincolnshire County Council is the authority responsible for road gritting. Information on the County Council’s gritting schedule can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk
When heavy rain has been forecast and there is a risk of flooding in the town it is possible for people have sandbags to help protect their homes and businesses. These sandbags are available from Stanhope Hall and they are not available for garages, sheds, drives, gardens etc.
Please only take bags if there is a probability of your property flooding
If people are unable to collect bags themselves (those that are elderly or disabled) then deliveries may be possible. Please contact the Town Hall office (during office hours) on 01507 522957
If you would like empty bags to fill yourself then these are available from the Swimming pool and Stanhope Hall