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Your Borough Of Poole


We try to keep the major routes on the highway network working safely and effectively as weather conditions and financial resources allow. 

We undertake a limited amount of snow and ice clearance to other key areas of the network, such as important footways.

Gritting routes

The map below shows our gritting routes (open in new window). These are split into two categories -  precautionary (red)  and resilience (blue) 

Precautionary Routes - Red route - these roads are treated when there is a risk of frost, ice or snow.

Resilience Routes - Blue Route - these roads are treated first during more extreme winter weather and used for snow ploughing.

Gritting Routes Legend

What we do about gritting:

  • monitor specialist weather forecasting and ice prediction systems 24 hours a day
  • remotely monitor road conditions from strategically located weather stations as well as driving the network if necessary to determine the appropriate actions
  • prepare spreading routes with neighbouring local authorities 
  • maintain a spreader fleet on standby 24 hours a day, stock 1200 tonnes of road salt at the commencement of the winter season and prepare 63 grit bins in strategic location.
  • spread salt and/or grit on a predetermined Precautionary Treatment Network (approximately 38% of the network) when weather conditions dictate
  • have identified a smaller Minimum Winter (resilience) Network, which will be treated first during more extreme winter weather and used for snow ploughing
  • provide manual gritting of pavements at strategic locations, such as travel interchanges, Poole Crematorium, Poole High Street and PHP sheltered housing schemes subject to the availability of resources
  • inform emergency services of our actions
  • encourage self-help and neighbourly cooperation in dealing with local problems


What we can’t do about gritting:

  • treat all the roads in Poole, as this is beyond the scope of our resources or that of any local authority
  • treat footways all over Poole. In extended periods of snow and ice, only major pedestrian routes (e.g. town centre and travel interchanges, etc.) will be treated on a priority basis as resources allow
  • ensure that any road or footway is free of snow or ice - whether treated or not.  Many factors affect the effectiveness of salt (e.g. traffic, temperature) and the ability to spread it (e.g. traffic congestion, rainfall, etc.) 
  • provide salt or grit even though public assistance and cooperation is welcomed.


What you can do about gritting:

  • follow advice and guidance
  • volunteer to clear ice and snow
  • be prepared by purchasing grit/salt with neighbours and other members of the community. Buy grit/salt from most DIY stores - when the weather is really bad we advise that you telephone them first to check that they have stocks available
  • we can provide additional grit bins to residents and community groups (if they wish to fund and cover maintenance costs) subject to a safe and suitable location being identified for its installation.


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Winter weather

Report a gritting issue

Grit bin locations

Volunteer to clear ice and snow

Contact us


01202 261700

Environmental Services
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
BH17 0NF