Residents are encouraged to co-ordinate with elderly or infirm neighbours and ensure they arrange adequate supplies for them. Winter is one of the most dangerous times for older people as ice and snow make the ground slippery – if you leave near a vulnerable person please enquire as to whether they need grit and if possible make the collection for them.
On Saturday 5 December, B&Q in Sutton and the Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries on Woodmansterne Lane will host the grit giveaway. B&Q’s underground car park will be open from 7am until 5pm, while Woodcote Green Garden Centre will be open between 8.30am until 5pm. The grit will be ready-bagged for convenience, and B&Q are also offering a 10% reduction on snow shovels during the day.
Kimpton Way Reuse & Recycle Centre will be open between 9am – 5pm on Saturday 12 December for residents to pick up their grit, although they will need to bring their own bags to this facility. A webcam is available at www.sutton.gov.uk/kimpton so visitors can check ahead and avoid the busiest times.
Each household or business can collect up to 10kg of grit absolutely free at a range of locations across the borough. Claimants will need to bring proof of residence in the form of a council tax bill, a business rate bill or a utility bill – if you are collecting grit for someone else please bring additional proof of residence.
For full details, visit www.sutton.gov.uk/gritting or follow our dedicated Twitter account @SuttonGrit.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments & Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:
“We know how much our residents value our free grit supply scheme. It’s really important that during this time of the year we do all we can to help keep residents safe and secure.
“Slips and falls during the winter months cost us all. Gritting paths and pavements is something that we can all do to make a contribution to our personal safety and the safety of the wider community.”
If you are elderly or disabled and currently receive an assisted bin collection, we will arrange to deliver the grit to you - please call us on 020 8770 5000.
Details for drivers:
Saturday 5 December – Sutton B&Q underground car-park, Sutton Court Rd, Sutton, London SM1 4RQ, 7am – 5pm
Saturday 5 December – Woodcote Green Garden Centre, 4A Woodmansterne Ln, Wallington SM6 0SU, 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday 12 December – Kimpton Way Recycling & Reuse Centre, Kimpton Park Way, Sutton SM3 9QH, 9 am – 5pm