As schools start back for the autumn term, now is the time to start thinking ahead for the winter season. 

With Hertfordshire County Council preparing its winter maintenance service, all Hertfordshire schools, community groups, residents associations, district, borough, parish and town councils can apply for salt from the start of September.

Cllr Ralph Sangster, cabinet member for highways, said: “Being prepared and thinking ahead is key when it comes to keeping Hertfordshire moving throughout the colder months. We are urging those eligible to apply for salt ready for the winter season.

“We are extremely grateful to the schools, parish and town councils and community groups who help to clear snow and ice from minor roads, pavements and footpaths using the free salt we provide.

"During cold weather our priority is to keep the main routes as safe as possible. On each salting run we will cover around 1,400 miles of road, so it’s a huge task."

The council already provides bagged salt to more than 200 local community groups, including parish and town councils so they can help with snow and ice clearing.

Salt bins are provided in more than 1,000 locations around the county for “self-help” during icy weather.

For more information about Hertfordshire County Council’s winter service programme visit

Applications for salt need to be submitted to local councillors before end of October.