Salt Bins

Most salt bins are provided so that anyone can treat critical local junctions, slopes and footways during periods of prolonged snow and ice.

All requests for new salt bins must be submitted to your local Town, Parish, District or Borough Council:

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If you find a bin that is damaged, you can tell us about it.

Requests for new salt bins are only approved where the location meets the following criteria:

  • The road is not on a route we treat routinely before freeezing. This is also know as a precautionary salting route.
  • The road has a steep incline or sharp bend
  • The local Council has met the costs of such provision
  • The local Council has identified an area on the highway suitable for a salt bin or agreed a location with an adjacent property or land owner

Salt is provided for use on the Public Highway only

  • Do not take salt for use elsewhere,  this puts other road users at risk
  • Before severe weather, we ensure all bins are fully stocked with sufficient salt for many treatments of the areas near the salt bin
  • During severe weather, we are fully committed to clearing main routes and we may not be able to re-stock salt bins until the weather improves


All bins are re-stocked at the beginning of the winter season and re-filled as part of a schedule as and when resources and priorities allow. During severe weather our resources are likely to be fully committed clearing priority routes and it is unlikely that salt bins will be re-stocked until the weather improves. We do not respond to adhoc requests for grit bins to be refilled.

For queries please contact our customer services centre (details under Transport).