Liberal Democrat Sutton Council is providing free grit for residents and businesses during December to allow them to grit the pavements where they choose when the temperatures drop.
The provision of free grit means that there will be no need to wait for gritting services and householders and local businesses can react quickly in gritting the pavements outside their own properties.
This will allow the council to prioritise main routes and keep them clear and safe to enable traffic to keep moving, and in the case of extreme weather allowing emergency vehicles to get through.
Residents are encouraged to co-ordinate with elderly, or house-bound neighbours to ensure they arrange adequate supplies for them. Winter is one of the most dangerous times for older people as ice and snow make the ground slippery. Residents who live near a vulnerable person are urge to enquire whether they need grit and to offer make the collection for them.
Each household or business can collect up to 10kg of grit free of charge at a range of locations across the borough. Claimants will need to bring proof of residence in the form of a council tax bill, a business rate bill or a utility bill – those collecting grit for someone else will need to bring additional proof of residence.
On Saturday 5 December, B&Q in Sutton and the Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries on Woodmansterne Lane will host the grit giveaway. B&Q’s underground car park will be open from 7am until 5pm, while Woodcote Green Garden Centre will be open between 8.30am until 5pm.
The grit will be ready-bagged for convenience, and B&Q are also offering a 10% reduction on snow shovels during the day.
Kimpton Way Reuse & Recycle Centre will be open between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 12 December for residents to pick up their grit, although they will need to bring their own bags to this facility.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, the Lib Dem Chair of Sutton Council’s Environments and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “It’s really important that at this time of the year that we do all we can to help keep residents safe and secure. We know how much our residents value our free grit supply scheme.
“Slips and falls during the winter months can cost us dearly. Gritting paths and pavements is something we can all do to make a contribution to our personal safety and the safety of the wider community.”
Elderly or disabled residents currently receiving an assisted bin collection, can have grit delivered by calling 020 8770 5000.
- Saturday 5 December – Sutton B&Q underground car-park, Sutton Court Rd, Sutton, London SM1 4RQ, 7am – 5pm
- Saturday 5 December – Woodcote Green Garden Centre, 4A Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington SM6 0SU, 8.30am – 5pm
- Saturday 12 December – Kimpton Way Recycling & Reuse Centre, Kimpton Park Way, Sutton SM3 9QH, 9 am – 5pm