Request a one-tonne salt bag

Our winter community self-help scheme provides one-tonne bags of salt to local residents and community groups.

In severe weather conditions some lower priority roads, streets and footpaths may not receive treatment for many days due to multiple treatments required on higher priority roads and pavements. The scheme will allow you to treat your street and surrounding footpaths when we are unable to.

What is required to receive a one-tonne salt bag?

You are required to have:

  • A named individual to take responsibility for the bag. 
  • A secure location on your property, such as a driveway or other hard surface, to store the bag (1.5 metres of space is needed). 
  • Access for our delivery lorry (a minimum of 3 metres wide with a suitable surface that will take the weight of the lorry).

Before we deliver the bag, we need to check that the drop off location and the storage space available are suitable. We cannot drop off the salt bags on footpaths, roads or grassy areas. Once we have checked the location, we will arrange delivery with you as soon as possible. 

Request a one-tonne salt bag 

You can request a one-tonne salt bag until 1 November 2018. 

How to use the salt bag 

  • The salt will be easier to use if you cover it with a polythene sheet.
  • You can decant the salt into smaller containers for indoor storage or for sharing with your neighbours.
  • A little salt goes a long way. A 10 litre household bucket will hold the same amount of salt that a gritter uses to treat a third of the footpaths of Union Street.
  • Treating the area before bad weather comes can be very effective in preventing snow lying and ice forming.


If your salt bag needs to be refilled, please email us on to arrange this. We will remove empty salt bags at the end of the winter season. Once we have your contact details on record, we will ask whether you would like to participate in the scheme again. 

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