Following the recent snow, we have updated our online information and policies. We want to let you know what to expect from Oxfordshire County Council in similar situations in the future. We would also be keen to hear feedback on the county council response to the snow in your area.
- 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 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 [email protected] 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
- You can view our Oxfordshire Snow Guide (pdf format, 428KB) and we can provide printed copies on request by contacting [email protected] The Government also has a ‘snow code’, which covers liability issues.
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).
- 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. More information here
- The Emergency Planning team can be contacted at [email protected] or on 01865 323765.
On behalf of the county council, we would like to thank all parishes, town councils and local groups for the work they do to enhance community safety.
Do get in touch if you would like to comment on our responses during the recent snow and ice, or would like to talk about how your community can be better prepared in the future. Please send any comments to [email protected]
Best wishes for 2018.
Cllr Judith Heathcoat
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue
Director of Community Safety and Chief Fire Officer