WITH wintry showers forecast to arrive in the county this week, Nottinghamshire householders are being urged to be good neighbours and help keep roads, paths and pavements clear.
And they are also being asked to check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are all right in the cold weather.
Nottinghamshire County Council is encouraging people to play their part in keeping the county on the move by following the Government’s Snow Code, which gives clear advice on clearing snow and ice safely.
And it says there’s no reason why people shouldn’t clear residential streets and pavements if they are able.
“The County Council is better prepared than ever for this winter and remains committed to playing its part by salting and gritting the main roads across the county,” says Coun Richard Jackson, the county council’s cabinet member for transport and highways.
“During severe winter conditions and heavy snow our priorities are to get the main roads and key public transport corridors passable as quickly as we can so that emergency services and as many people as possible are able to undertake essential journeys. When we have achieved this, of course we will assist minor roads but, where you are able, you don’t have to wait for us to reach your road and footway.
“A belief has grown up over the past few years that you shouldn’t clear snow from roads and footways yourself in case you get sued.
“In truth, there is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the footway outside your home or from public spaces provided you take sensible precautions.
“And if you think your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well and check that they are warm enough and have enough food to last them through any prolonged cold spell.
“I’d urge everyone to do their bit and together we can keep Nottinghamshire on the move this winter.”