Where we grit
We prioritise key routes and footpaths across the borough, main roads, bus routes and areas around schools, hospitals and emergency services.
If there is a grit supply shortage nationwide then the government can prioritise and restrict where grit can be used. If the government imposes restrictions in London, then we may have to limit gritting to the routes shown on the Camden network resilience map (PDF).
There are over 170 grit bins in Camden, which residents are welcome to use to grit public roads and footpaths. Please don’t use grit on private paths or drives.
Report an empty grit bin to Veolia by email to [email protected] or call Veolia on 020 3567 8105.
Caretakers have snow shovels and a supply of grit on housing estates and will prioritise spots, including main entrances, sheltered housing areas, ramps, hills, or where vulnerable and elderly residents live.
In bad weather, our Veolia staff will be taken off sweeping and help caretakers with gritting and snow clearing.
Caretakers will check on registered vulnerable tenants on housing estates. If you are worried about a resident who may be vulnerable, you can contact your Housing Officers or Ward Housing Managers by calling 020 7974 4444.
School and council building closures
In the event of severe weather, please contact your school to find out if they are open.
Any significant disruptions or updates that impact Camden residents and staff will be published on our news page.
Staff can also contact the staff emergency information line. This number is on the back of your identity card. You may also check the essentials intranet.
Tips on removing snow and ice
Don’t use hot water
Hot water will melt the snow, but may replace it with black ice if it re-freezes.
Cover with salt
Spreading ordinary table salt over the area you’ve cleared will stop ice forming.
Use the sun to your advantage
Simply removing the top layer of snow will allow the sun to melt any ice beneath. You will need to cover any ice with salt to stop it refreezing overnight.