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How do I request a new grit bin?

Posted on 12 October 2018

Requests for new grit bins should at first be discussed with your town or parish council or county councillor who will contact the local DCC Neighbourhood Team and assess the request.

How can I report an empty grit bin?

Posted on 12 October 2018

Empty, or damaged grit bins, unusable content can be reported here.

Can I claim for damage from icy roads?

Posted on 12 October 2018

Claims guidance can be found here.

Can I apply to have X road considered for the gritting route?

Posted on 12 October 2018

If you believe the road meets our criteria but is not currently gritted you can contact us at with your case and it will be passed to the relevant persons for consideration.

How many parishes have snow wardens?

Posted on 12 October 2018

325 +. Find out if your parish is one of them here.

Do you treat water treatment plants?

Posted on 12 October 2018

Devon County Council will respond to requests for access to be cleared if South West Water request this.

Do you grit the roads to schools?

Posted on 6 April 2017

We treat up to the main entrance of secondary schools. However, it is not practical to salt/grit approaches to every school. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure they are properly prepared for winter and we do not provide salt/grit bags. Schools can purchase bags of salt from various commercial organisations such as builders merchants […]

Do you use salt or grit or both?

Posted on 25 January 2017

Most authorities use pure salt to pre-treat the highway network to mitigate the formation of ice and snow, although traffic is needed to make it effective.In snow In snow conditions grit is often added to the salt to aid traction. Pure salt is the most effect pre-treatment, grit is often added once snow has started […]

How do you decide when to salt/grit?

Posted on 25 January 2017

The forecaster, Meteo Group,  issues a weather forecast, predicting road temperatures and when they are likely to reach freezing point. This forms the basis of the decision whether to salt/grit or not, what time to salt/grit and which parts of the route need to be treated.

Why don’t you salt/grit my road?

Posted on 25 January 2017

Devon County Council maintains nearly 13,000 km or 8,000 miles of roads in the county. During a winter emergency situation it is not practicable or cost effective for the whole network to be pre-treated or cleared immediately. The primary salting network is made up of the major routes where the majority of vehicle movements take […]

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