Grit bins should be used 'sensibly' after heavy snow, Derbyshire County Council warns
PEOPLE should not be using grit from Derbyshire County Council bins for their own driveways, a councillor has warned.
Heavy snowfall across the county overnight has left many people clearing their paths and walkways today.
The authority said there are 1,760 grit bins across the county which could be used to keep roads and pavements free from ice.
Of these, the council own and maintain more than 800 but Simon Spencer - cabinet member for highways and transport - said the grit would last longer if people only use them for public roads, footpaths and pavements as intended.
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And he said 40 grams of grit - one heaped tablespoon – was enough to cover a square metre and urged people not too use more than necessary.
The remaining grit bins are owned by town or parish councils.
Mr Spencer said: "We're refilling grit bins as fast as we can but we would urge people to try and use a sensible amount so that it can be used to cover as many surfaces as possible.
"We appreciate the hard work local residents are doing in helping to make icy surfaces safe and our gritters are doing their best to make as many roads safe as possible."
Anyone reporting a damaged or empty grit bin can text the number on the lid to 86555, report it online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/gritbins or call 08456 058 058.