Go to navigation

Find out about clearing snow

Snow wardens

We are looking for residents in Medway to volunteer as snow wardens. Snow wardens play a vital role in clearing snow from paths and residential roads during the winter.

Volunteers will be allocated:

  • 25kg bag of road salt
  • hand spreader
  • snow shovel
  • pair of gloves
  • high visibility vest

During wintry conditions, volunteers will be asked to clear and treat footpaths in a section of pavement allocated to them, normally close to where they live.

You can also watch our training video below to get a better understanding of what is required of a volunteer snow warden.


Clearing snow

During the winter maintenance period (October-April) and in the event of snow, we use all available resources to ensure that the main roads are cleared for motorists.

Once primary routes are clear, other roads are cleared on a planned/priority basis. A large amount of unclassified "minor" roads will not be cleared and are left to thaw naturally.

There are some tips on clearing snow on the Gov.uk page.

Rush hour snowfall

When snow falls at rush hour, early gritting cannot take place due to traffic congestion. Roads can still have icy patches and drivers should remain vigilant and aware of the need to drive carefully at all times.

How to tell whether roads are icy or not

It is often difficult to tell when ice is forming on roads and conditions will probably vary across Medway from hour to hour. If there is a white frost on grass and cars in the morning, you may encounter icy patches on the roads. We keep local radio stations and TV networks informed about road conditions and tell the media when the main routes are gritted.

We do our best to ensure that the main routes are safe to use, but you must take extra care in wintry weather.