Aberdeen has more than 1,200 miles of pavements - the same as the distance from Aberdeen to Rome. It is not possible to grit every pavement all the time, so we have a priority system.
Priority 1 pavements
These are mainly in the city centre and highly used by pedestrians. There are two routes: see the pavement gritting routes in the city centre. We grit these early in the morning from 5:15am to make sure they are salted before rush hour.
Pavements in the rest of the city
The rest of the city is split into 24 areas and we treat these on an area by area basis.
We give priority to pavements near Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, near schools where possible, sheltered housing and social work properties, the crematorium, shopping centres, and access to facilities in parks and gardens.
We treat these pavements from 7.45am if necessary.
Gritting cycle paths
We treat cycle paths in the same way as pavements in the rest of the city. We grit them from 7.45am if necessary.
The public clearing snow and ice from pavements and roads
When there’s bad weather, we are continuously gritting primary and secondary roads and priority 1 and priority 2 pavements so it is very unlikely we will be able to grit other areas such as cul-de-sacs or residential streets. We provide one-tonne community salt bags, and 12 big community salt bins for residents to use along with grit bins around the city. Please only use the salt from these on public roads and pavements, not on your own path or driveway.
It is unlikely that you would be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement provided you have acted carefully and responsibly when treating the area. This would most probably only become an issue if your actions had made the situation worse and not better. For example, were you to use hot water to remove snow or ice, this could refreeze and create an ice hazard.
It is highly improbable that you would make any situation worse by using salt. If you are concerned about making a situation worse, please consider the following points:
- Have I created a new hazard – so long as your actions have not created a hazard that was not there prior, you should be OK
- Don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to ice
- Use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and will reduce the risk of it refreezing overnight
- You can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
- Pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help
- When clearing snow, consider where you move it to – try to avoid creating potential trip hazards with cleared snow
- If by clearing snow you have exposed ice underneath, treat this with salt to melt it.
You can also apply for a free one-tonne community salt bag at One-tonne salt bags | Aberdeen City Council and the application process and salt bag deliveries are usually in October/November every year.