Councillors - stand up for safer pavements this winter
In the winter of 2010-11, more than 16,000 people in the UK were admitted to hospital after slipping on ice and snow. In icy conditions, many older and disabled people were too frightened to venture out at all.
Local councils have a legal duty under the Highways Act 1980 or the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to keep highways – including pavements – safe in icy conditions.
Living Streets is asking councils to give key walking routes the same priority as roads when preparing for bad weather this year.
We’ve been inundated with calls, emails and letters about icy pavements for the last two hard winters.
We need councillors to show they are serious about safety this winter.
Are you a councillor? Please pledge your support
By adding your details in the form below, you will be pledging to help your council make sure:
• a severe weather plan is in place that sets out what the council will do to reduce the impact of severe weather on all road users – including pedestrians
• paths are gritted so that everyone (including older, younger and disabled people) is still able to walk to essential services
• staff and contractors are sent to help clear pavements if they are unable to carry out their main job because of the severe weather
• all grit bins are kept full so that grit can be used where it is needed
• it helps organise teams of volunteer snow wardens.