Snow and Ice Advice
Helpful information for residents and businesses during periods of snow and ice, including an up-to-date status of our services.
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Clearing roads of snow and ice is a shared responsibility between East Sussex County Council and the Highways Agency.
Lewes District Council, along with other town and parish councils may offer assistance as best we can.
We encourage residents to use the salt in salt bins to spread on pavements to prevent icing. There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully.
The salt bins in our car parks and cemeteries will be used to keep the services operational. Our staff and contractors will be on standby ready to distribute salt and to clear areas appropriately. Our street cleansing teams will be diverted to clear town centre precincts of snow and spread salt if required.
Advice for housing tenants
Our staff and contractors will use the salt from bins located on our housing estates to clear all communal pathways at our sheltered schemes for tenants to access their homes. Sheltered Housing tenants will be contacted by their Scheme Manager to check on their well being. We will also aim to clear footpaths in hilly and difficult to reach areas of our estates.
Find out the weather forecast and how long a period of bad weather is expected to last.
Public transport may be affected by the weather conditions. We advise you to check before attempting to make a journey.
- Southern Railway
- National Rail Enquiries
- Bus Traveline (East Sussex)
- Highways Agency - Traffic information
Schools & Colleges
East Sussex County Council has an automated system of informing of school closures. Local colleges update their websites with their opening status.
The severe weather may prevent you from getting to work. Know your rights as an employee and what is reasonably expected of you.
The NHS provide health care and advice should you require it during periods of cold weather.
- NHS: Keep warm in very cold weather
- NHS: Find Accident and Emergency Services
- NHS: 111
- Gov.uk: Winter fuel payment
If you suffer a lost or disruption to one of your utility services, contact the relevant provider.
Local media will have the latest situation.