Lewes District Council

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Lewes District Council
Southover House
Southover Road
East Sussex

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Snow & 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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Service Status

For the latest service information and advice please visit our Twitter stream.

You do not need an account to view Twitter, but if you have one you can follow us to receive direct updates.

Salt Bins

Lewes District Council manages a number of salt bins across the district. East Sussex County Council also manages their own grit bins and others on behalf of town and parish councils.

We will regularly monitor the salt levels in our bins to make sure they are topped-up. Should you wish to report an empty or near-empty bin please do so.

All salt bins owned and maintained by Lewes District Council are labelled with a unique reference number. This helps us identify its location easily. Please note this number and use when you contact us.

Clearing roads

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.

Clearing paths

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.

Weather forecast

Find out the weather forecast and how long a period of bad weather is expected to last.

Public transport

Public transport may be affected by the weather conditions. We advise you to check before attempting to make a journey.

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.


If you suffer a lost or disruption to one of your utility services, contact the relevant provider.

Local news

Local media will have the latest situation.