Snow hits Finsbury Park
By poppy_smith | Friday, January 18, 2013, 18:23
As snow struck Islington a team of four council gritters had treated the main routes at 8pm on Thursday evening and re-gritted at 10am on Friday morning.
Priority gritting routes included hospitals, bus routes and schools.
Residents took advantage of the councils website guidance on snow clearance to spread grit to clear ice and slush.
Even Housing Area Office staff got in on the act, swapping paperwork for spadework, helping caretakers keep footpaths and roadways on estates clear.
To beat icing up of park gates, most parks will be locked open to ensure they remain accessible. The only exceptions are Gillespie Park and New River which will be locked shut for safety reasons.
Islington's snow response includes:
* up to 350 staff - including street sweepers who become gritters in icy weather - ready to spread grit
* a fleet of four road-gritting vehicles, 17 caged vehicles with grit to be spread by street teams, and four Powerflex Precinct machines, which clear snow from pavements and grit at the same time
* a stockpile of 600 tonnes of grit and salt, with plans for regular resupply
* ability to draw on London-wide reserves of 27,000 extra tonnes of salt, and mutual aid arrangements between boroughs
* a network of 300 grit bins across the borough, for use by council teams and residents
Islington Council is carrying website updates on services affected by the severe weather and other useful information: