‘Don’t be afraid to clear away the snow’

Rachel Piper's picture of the Rosary in the Ashridge garden in the snow.  'http://www.rachelpiper.me.uk/ashridge.html
Rachel Piper's picture of the Rosary in the Ashridge garden in the snow. 'http://www.rachelpiper.me.uk/ashridge.html
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A council says residents should not be put off clearing paths of the snow because they’re afraid people will get injured.

Dacorum Borough Council has issued severe weather advice to its residents as weather forecasters say we could see icy and snowy conditions persisting for the next few days.

The council says people who are walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves, so people shouldn’t be afraid of clearing paths and then being blamed if someone comes a cropper.

A council spokesman says: “There’s no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. Salt from salt bins can be used for salting and clearing snow from the pavement outside your property or business but should not be used for salting private driveways, footpaths, forecourts or other areas that are not part of the public highway.”

The borough says it will keep people updated on what’s happening each day until services start to run normally again.

The council’s website at www.dacorum.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=8077 also has tips on keeping areas clear of ice and snow.

> Residents can also sign up to bin collection and disruption texts by sending a text message to 60777 stating: ‘DBC WASTE and following that with your house number your postcode’ For example, DBC WASTE 80 HP4 2DR

> For information on which routes will be salted, along with winter driving advice visit www.hertsdirect.org call 0300 123 4040 follow them on Twitter @hertscc find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/hertsdirect

Find out when Hertfordshire’s roads are salted as it happens online or by following @herts_highways on Twitter

> Dacorum Borough Council can be followed us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dacorum and Twitter @dacorumbc for regular updates.

If you do not have internet access, you can call Customer Services on 01442 228000.

Contact HertsHelp for advice and practical help to cope with the cold. HertsHelp is a network of hundreds of community organisations working together. They can help you to get the practical support, guidance and information you need to get through the winter. Call 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net

> Send your pictures of the snow to thegazette@jpress.co.uk