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Winter driving tips

Latest News - 03 June 2020: Update for Salt Bag Partnership members

COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact recently on the haulage industry and our salt bag distribution company has likewise been affected. At present it is unable to guarantee distribution of salt bags and accept a contract from us. There is a possibility that the situation may improve by August, and we hope this will be the case. With this in mind we are asking that you complete your survey as normal and we will collate your requirements so that should the situation improve we will have your information and can hopefully re-commence salt bag distribution this autumn as normal. If the situation has not improved by this August we will not be able to operate a scheme this year.

Having said that, as the last two winter seasons have been really mild, with almost no recorded snowfall, we believe you should have good stock remaining so should not be adversely affected for the coming winter season.

We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we are certain you will appreciate the very challenging circumstances our local businesses are now finding themselves in due to COVID-19.

Once again, we do wish to thank you for your ongoing support of the salt bag partnership

Salt Bag Partnership

During periods of extreme weather; such as heavy snow experienced in past winters, communities and individuals can do a lot to help themselves and others. Self-help is actively promoted as it is about communities coming together to help each other on a voluntary basis to target their local needs and build their resilience.

ECC operates the Salt Bag Partnership scheme which is designed to help local communities support themselves during periods of heavy snow. One tonne of bagged salt, delivery and a support pack is provided, free of charge, to help County Councillors and Parish Councils organise the scheme and to provide helpful information to volunteers.  It is also an opportunity to plan ahead and think about how your community will be ready for winter.


How does it work?

Each participating council/urban area is given one tonne of palleted salt (approx 40 x 25kg bags) for use on locations they consider important in their local community, such as footpaths outside doctors surgeries, local shops and services and access routes to main bus stops. Remember you don't need to salt those sites already on the salting route.

These priority areas will then be cleared by volunteers in the event of snow.

Once we know the list of participants we will publish it on this page.  You can use this to check if your local council/urban area are taking part.


How do I sign up?

We contact all Parish/Town Clerks by the end of May with a link to the online form where they are asked if they still have enough salt from last year, if they require more salt, or do not wish to participate for that year. The closing date for this year is 26 July 2020. The salt bags will be delivered to the person named on the form prior to the start of the winter season.


Can I volunteer to help?

Parish and Town Councils and urban areas participating in the scheme always need reliable local volunteers to help them clear snow from the pavement and salt during the winter. If you would like to get involved in your local community and want to volunteer in your local area, please contact your participating Parish/Town Council.

The documents in the Support Pack below are produced to help Parish and Town Councils and Essex County Council members covering urban wards (un-parished areas) to organise their local scheme.  They provide you with all the information about the scheme, some things you will need to consider and helpful tips.

For further information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.