With Croydon getting a sprinkling of snow this week the council have said how they plan to combat the cold snap.

The council’s fleet of nine gritting lorries are ready to service the roads as soon as the temperatures drop below freezing.

The borough has 577 roadside bins containing 144 tonnes of salt, with many located near particularly hilly roads or junctions. The salt is not for private use but for public road and footpaths.

Bins are restocked at the earliest opportunity after highways staff and contractors have gritted priority roads and pavements.

Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “We’re as prepared as we could be for what the experts are telling us could be a very cold winter.

“In the event of snow, we’ve made robust plans to keep traffic moving as freely as possible by the gritting of roads and, where necessary.

“We will continue to treat footpaths and continue to provide services to the most vulnerable.

“But it must be pointed out that the council can’t do everything. We need the support of residents and businesses to keep the borough moving by adopting a true community spirit.

“That could mean looking out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours or helping in other ways. Whatever form it takes, if people get involved, this winter will be easier for everyone.”

To receive news about council services in the event of heavy snowfall, residents can sign up at www.croydon.gov.uk/subscribe, and information on gritting routes can be found at www.croydon.gov.uk/aya.