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Residents encouraged to treat snowy pavements


New guidance released to help allay fears about clearing snow and ice from pavements and public spaces has been welcomed by Birmingham City Council.

The guidance comes as the start of this year’s cold weather arrives in Birmingham and will bring back memories of the snowy conditions at the start of the year.

The new guidance, released by the Government, states some people cleared snow from the pavements and public spaces around their homes, however many members of the public were reluctant to do so because of fears of being sued.

The guidance goes on to reiterate there is no law stopping anyone from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside their property, pathways to their property or public spaces.

If an accident did happen, it’s highly unlikely anyone would be sued as long as they:

People using areas affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, who has responsibility for resilience issues, said: “The role that communities can play during any emergency, but in particular when dealing with severe weather conditions such as snowfall is particularly important.

“This new guidance reassures residents in Birmingham they don’t face legal claims by helping others.”

Tips and advice on clearing snow and ice:

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