Winter Advice 

The Snow Code 

This page contains advice on how to clear snow from pathways safely:

The Snow Code


West Sussex County Council, as Highway Authority, has a statutory duty to ensure that “as far as is reasonably practicable, safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice” (Section 41 (1a) of the Highways Act 1980). WSCC has identified the service that it will provide, with the resources available, during the winter period of October to April. The WSCC Winter Service Plan is published on the WSCC website:

WSCC Winter Plan


Whilst the District Council is not legally obliged to clear snow or ice from public highways, pavements, precincts and private roads, in the most extreme circumstances Mid Sussex District Council will work with local Town and Parish Councils and assist in the clearance of snow and ice, in agreed priority areas. From the outset of any severe weather event, the District Council will request a brief situation report from local Parish and Town Councils to help inform the prioritisation of the response. MSDC’s Severe Weather Plan is published on the MSDC website:

MSDC Severe Weather Plan - the official UK Government website for legal advice:

Gov UK Winter Guidelines 


(main source: MSDC Guidance for response to severe weather)




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