Where we grit

Gritting maps:

We prioritise key routes and footpaths across the borough, main roads, bus routes and areas around schools, hospitals and emergency services.

If there is a grit supply shortage nationwide then the government can prioritise and restrict where grit can be used. If the government imposes restrictions in London, then we may have to limit gritting to the routes shown on the Camden network resilience map (PDF).

Housing estates

Caretakers have snow shovels and a supply of grit on housing estates and will prioritise spots, including main entrances, sheltered housing areas, ramps, hills, or where vulnerable and elderly residents live. 

In bad weather, our Veolia staff will be taken off sweeping and help caretakers with gritting and snow clearing.

Vulnerable residents

Caretakers will check on registered vulnerable tenants on housing estates. If you are worried about a resident who may be vulnerable, you can contact your Housing Officers or Ward Housing Managers by calling 020 7974 4444.

School and council building closures

Camden residents

In the event of severe weather, please contact your school to find out if they are open.

Any significant disruptions or updates that impact Camden residents and staff will be published on our news page.

Camden staff

Staff can also contact the staff emergency information line. This number is on the back of your identity card. You may also check the essentials intranet. 

Free snow shovels

We provide free shovels to local community, resident and volunteer groups to help clear snow and ice from footpaths.

Please email street.environment@camden.gov.uk  to arrange collection.

You will need to provide contact details and information on where the shovel will be used. A maximum of 6 shovels per group are allowed. 

Tips on removing snow and ice

Don’t use hot water

Hot water will melt the snow, but may replace it with black ice if it re-freezes.

Cover with salt

Spreading ordinary table salt over the area you’ve cleared will stop ice forming.

Use the sun to your advantage 

Simply removing the top layer of snow will allow the sun to melt any ice beneath. You will need to cover any ice with salt to stop it refreezing overnight.

Met office snow code