One-tonne salt bags

Thanks to everyone who has applied for a community salt bag this winter. We've had a lot of demand and have allocated all of the available salt bags. 

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/footpaths may not receive treatment for many days due to multiple treatments required on higher priority roads. The scheme will allow you to treat your street and surrounding footpaths when we are unfortunately unable to.

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

You are required to have:

  • A named individual to take responsibility. 
  • A secure location such as a driveway to store it. 
  • Access for our delivery lorry.

Please note we need to assess the drop off location and the space available to accommodate community salt bag provisions for suitability and ease of access before delivery. Once the area has been assessed, we will arrange delivery with you as soon as possible. 

Helpful hints and tips


Salt will remain easier to use if it is:

  • Covered with a polythene sheet;
  • Decanted in to smaller containers for indoor storage or for sharing among neighbours.

How much to use

A little salt can be go a long way. A 10 litre household bucket will hold the equivalent amount of salt for a gritter to treat a third of the footpaths of Union Street.


On many occasions the roads service will treat the priority gritting routes before the onset of bad weather. This can be very effective in preventing snow lying and ice forming.

Our website advises of any severe weather forecast and of the planned treatment of priority routes. You can view more information here: Gritting and Snow Clearing Operations 


Empty salt bags will be removed at the end of the winter season. Once we have your address on record, we will ask whether you would like to participate in the scheme again. You can also arrange this by calling the Gritline on 01224 241511 and leaving your address.

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