Dealing with cold temperatures, snow, frost and ice means winter can be a challenging time for everyone.
We know that the older and vulnerable people in our communities can find winter especially difficult, but being prepared for harsh weather will help make winter easier and safer.
Here you will find useful information and links to factsheets that will help you stay safe, warm and well in winter, as well as information on the responsibilities that Erewash Borough Council has during bad weather.
Request a Road for Gritting
To report a road for gritting, visit Derbyshire County Council's gritting request form.
When it snows, visit Derbyshire County Council's dedicated snow page for the latest updates and information.
If you have any queries on grit bins or the gritting of roads and footpaths contact Derbyshire County Council on 08456 058 058 or 01629 533 190.
Staying Warm and Well
There are many things you can do in order to try and stay warm in freezing conditions. These include:
- Having regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter. Try to include a good range of foods, fruit and vegetables.
- Keep plenty of food in your cupboards in case adverse weather means you are unable to get to the shops. Stock up on supplies such as heating oil if you use it.
- Draw all curtains at night and keep doors closed to block out draughts and help retain warmth in the house.
- Warm your bed and bedroom before turning in for the night – use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (ensure electric blankets are serviced at least every three years.) Wear extra clothing in bed and if it is very cold, consider thermal clothing.
- Check you have had your flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person.
- Ensure you have sufficient medicines in stock - speak to your GP or pharmacist if a long period of bad weather is forecast. If you look after someone, ensure they have an adequate supply.
More information can be found in the Healthy and Warm in Derbyshire booklet [PDF 873KB].
Derbyshire County Council is promoting a ‘Snow Buddy’ scheme during the winter, which encourages residents to look out for a neighbour, friend or relative that may need support.
For more information, visit the Snow Buddy website.
If you're concerned about a friend, neighbour or relative in winter speak to them first and if you can’t help, Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or 01629 533 190.
Roles and Responsibilities of local councils
To find out about who is responsible for gritting the roads and refuse collections in an emergency situation, please consult Winter Weather: Erewash Borough Council Roles and Responsibilities [PDF 17KB].
For Grit Bin locations in Erewash, please see Grit Bins [PDF 151KB] for further information.
Driving in Winter
For advice on preparing for winter driving conditions, please see the Winter on the Roads [PDF 9KB] document for advice and information.
For full details on who to contact in various winter-related emergencies, please see Who to contact? Emergency Contacts in Winter [PDF 7KB].
Helping the Homeless
If you're sleeping rough this winter or you know someone who is, please contact Erewash Borough Council's Homeless Team on 0115 9072244 ext 3590 who will help to find accommodation and support.