Councils have a legal duty to ensure that safe movement along the footway is not endangered by snow or ice.
Living Streets wants to see:
Clear pavements and paths serving key local destinations; given at least the same priority as key roads in relevant plans and winter maintenance schedules.
Contractors unable to carry out their main jobs in bad weather sent to help clear icy pavements.
Councils helping residents do their bit by making sure grit is available, encouraging people to clear the street outside their property and helping organise volunteer teams of snow angels.
Write to your local council - visit their website to find out which department is responsible for highway maintenance - and remind them of their legal duty to ensure the footways are kept safe.
We have prepared a template letter for you. Just download it, personalise the copy and send it to your council.
The small act of putting down a little grit or salt, or clearing clear snow and ice from pavements when the cold weather hits, can make a big difference. A clear pavement means that an older person can still meet friends and get to the shops rather than being left isolated, lonely and inactive.
So spread your wings, get your halo polished, and salt, shake and walk your way to ice-free pavements.