Severe Weather Plan
SNOW CLEARANCE FOR CATTON PARISH COUNCIL
Appendix to Community Emergency Plan
CATTON PARISH COUNCIL
EMERGENCY PLAN: Severe Weather – Snowclearing
The Chairman of the Parish Council will recommend the activation of the Parish Emergency Action Plan if conditions or circumstances cause a serious disruption to the community, using the activation process outlined in that document.
Disruption is likely to include people being unable to leave their homes to collect food, prescriptions and other essential items; being without water due to frozen or burst pipes; being without electricity, heating oil or gas supplies because of utility disruptions. Regular checks on the most vulnerable members of the community, assisting those people who have become isolated, promoting good neighbour schemes and clearing paths and drives are likely to be actions that would be valued by the community.
2. SNOW CLEARANCE ARRANGEMENTS
The snow clearance activities set out in this plan will be carried out on a best endeavours basis, subject to resources being available.
Activities will only be carried out if conditions allow people to work safely.
3. TRIGGERING SNOW ARRANGEMENTS
The parish Community Emergency Team agree to monitor weather forecasts and ground conditions and will initiate these arrangements when:
- Conditions cause, or threaten to cause a significant risk of injury
- Conditions cause, or threaten to cause a significant and prolonged disruption to transport, water or electricity supplies or access to health services.
4. COORDINATION OF SNOW CLEARANCE ACTIVITIES
Snow clearance activities will be coordinated by those persons identified in the Emergency Action Plan
5. PRE-IDENTIFIED SNOW CLEARANCE AREAS
The Parish Council has identified the following areas for snow clearance. Under extreme conditions, priority will be given to the routes as follows:
- Primary routes Church Lane between Low Catton and High Catton
Main Street and Nursery Court, Low Catton
- Secondary routes Church Lane to Low Catton Road, Stamford Bridge
Broad Lane to Long Lane.
6. ROADS TREATED BY E.R.Y.C.
The following roads are on the E.Y.R.C. precautionary network for gritting treatment:
- High Catton Road, Stamford Bridge – Main Street, High Catton – Lofthouse Lane – Long Lane through to the A1079.
7. RESOURCES FOR SNOW CLEARANCE
A quantity of road grit, proprietary “Ice Clear”, grit spreaders, shovels and high visibility jackets have been obtained by the Parish Council for use by volunteers for the benefit of the community. See separate document: “Emergency Action Plan”
The following roadside salt bins are also provided for use by the public:
(1) Mitchell Lane, High Catton – near the crossroad junction
(2) Church Lane, Low Catton – near the grass triangle
(3) Broad Lane, Low Catton – near the right-angle bend
(4) Low Catton Road – near the bend at Smackdam bridge.
Bins 1 and 2 are owned and maintained by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Bins 3 and 4 are owned and maintained by Catton Parish Council. Please note: the grit is not for use on private driveways
8. CONTRACTOR / FARMER / LANDOWNER INFORMATION
The Parish Council has entered into an agreement with the following contractors / farmers to clear the areas identified in para.5 when requested by the Emergency Action Team:-
R.T.Nightingale & Son, Street Farm, Skirpenbeck. Tel. 01759 371329
Bulk bags of road grit for refilling roadside bins and for use on public footpaths are located at: The Furrows, Low Catton, by permission of Mr Will Bailey.
Checks have been carried out to ensure that contractors / farmers have the appropriate license, training and insurance to carry out these activities.
9. E.R.Y.C. RECOMMENDATIONS
The aim of snow clearing actions is to make the situation better and safer when you have finished than it was before you started.
- Keep records of snow clearance work carried out.
- Treat light snow falls of 25mm or less with one or more repeated applications of salt.
- For snowfalls reaching a depth of over 25mm, or light falls of snow with drifting:
(1) Initiate arrangements with snow clearing contractor
(2) Contact / deploy parish council resources / volunteer clearance teams.
- Focus on primary routes / areas before moving on to secondary routes.
- It is easier to move fresh snow rather than packed snow that has been walked on. If possible, therefore, start removing snow in the morning.
- When shovelling snow, first make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared, so that there is a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides. Take care not to pile up snow where it will obstruct other paths, driveways or road gulleys.
- Spread salt on the cleared areas to prevent the residual film from icing over.
- Salt is very effective and requires only a small amount spread over a wide area to stop ice forming. All types of salt are effective, for example, dishwasher or ordinary table salt works well when treating household paths and drives. A tablespoon for each cleared square meter should be enough.
- Salt does not work instantly; it needs sufficient time to dissolve into the moisture on the ground. Avoid using warm water as it may freeze later and make the situation more hazardous.
- If you do not have enough salt, you can also use a mixture of grit / sand and salt. This is particularly helpful on snow that is starting to compress as it helps to provide a better grip under foot.
10. ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO HELP
Every member of the community can play an important part in clearing snow and ice. If each householder cleared the path outside their property – and their neighbours if the neighbour is unable to do so – you will be doing a valuable service.
There is an urban myth that you can be held liable and sued if someone slips and is hurt on an area you have cleared. THIS IS NOT TRUE.