Last winter, around 20,000 people in the UK were admitted to hospital after slipping on ice and snow. 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 winters – show residents you’re taking the issue seriously and pledge your support below.
Living Streets can support you in keeping pedestrians safe this winter. We’ve compiled some case studies of councils that have risen to the challenge. We’ve also developed a 'Winter Contract' with simple but effective actions that we hope councils can consider adopting as policy this winter.
If you are a councillor sign up below to show you’re serious about safety this winter. We’ll also keep you updated on the campaign and the response from councils across the country.