Guidelines for Salt Bin Use

Salt bins are provided for the public to use on the roads and footways and are generally sited at bends or hills where the risk of slipping on ice is greater.

Salt bins are not provided for people to use within their own private property. If you wish to do this, most supermarkets and builders merchants hold good stocks of de-icing salt for you to buy.

If you are a resident of Central Bedfordshire you can use this new account to request salt bins are filled or request a new salt bin. You can make the following reports about salting and gritting:


  • Report damage from a gritting lorry
  • Request your road is added to the salting route
  • Request a snow plough


The following questions and answers provide guidelines for using these Central Beds Council salt bins:

What are salt bins?

Salt bins are plastic containers located on footway or verges which hold naturally occurring rock salt for use during the winter period. The bins are not locked and are easily accessible.

What is their purpose?

They are to be used by residents to spread salt onto the highway surfaces (normally roads) during severe winter conditions to prevent or treat the formation of ice and snow. Salt is not to be used on any private property, eg driveways; if this is found to be a continuing issue then Central Beds will simply not refill the bins.

Where are they located?

They are generally located in quieter roads in places where the roads/footways are steep or where extreme problems are known to exist.

The bins are sited as follows:       

The Parish Hall

The Village Hall

Lincoln Way/Monmouth Road junction

Bunyan Walk/Foster Road junction

Goswell End Road near the Upper School

Abbots Hill (top)

Sundon Hills (2)

Please note the bin situated within the grounds of the Upper School has been purchased by the school and, as such, is only for use by the school.

How do you spread the salt?

It is important to wear appropriate clothing to minimise the chance of accident or discomfort caused by the cold weather. A pair of strong shoes or boots with treads allowing good grip on surfaces is essential.

A pair of gloves with good grip is also recommended.

A garden spade or shovel and a small stick would be adequate for spreading the salt.

Try not to over load the spade. Hold the spade in one hand and the small stick in the other and use the stick to flick the salt onto the surface moving left and right to cover the area in an even layer. Do not over salt the surface – the salt does not need to be spread like sand. A volume the size of a bag of sugar is more than sufficient to treat ten paces of footway length. Be careful not to spread over the grass verges.

For areas away from the salt bin a wheelbarrow, if one is available, would be useful to transport some salt.

When is the time to spread salt?

Ideally in advance of predicted extreme conditions. Keep abreast of the latest weather forecasts through broadcasts on the radio or television. It is difficult to remove ice once it has formed. To be effective in snow conditions the snow needs to be cleared in advance by spades or brooms.

Other considerations

The salt bins are not locked and people need to be encouraged not to place litter into them or put graffiti onto the surfaces.

If any damage is caused to the salt bins, or they need refilling then please phone Central Beds Council on: 0300 300 8000.

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