Grit bins

We provide grit bins for the public to help keep the roads and pavements clear. The salt is not intended for use on private drives and paths.

Can we request a grit bin?

You can request a grit bin using Street Doctor.

We assess all requests for grit bins each year between May and October and judge the location against the following criteria:

  • must be on the public highway
  • at sharp or difficult bends
  • junctions where the side road approach has a gradient
  • on particularly steep gradients elsewhere (of 10% or greater)
  • proximity of existing bins
  • community facilities
  • only access road to a community
  • at known problem sites
  • not on roads which are included in the precautionary treatment network

If a location does not meet the criteria the local town council, parish council, borough or district council may decide to install their own private grit bin, all subject to approval from Northamptonshire Highways.

How do we get our grit bin restocked?

We inspect and fill all bins at the beginning of the winter period. We will provide more grit when needed depending upon their usage and the severity of the weather.

To order more grit for a grit bin please use Street Doctor.

Can a grit bin be removed?

Grit bins often become the focus of vandalism or a meeting place for youths. If this becomes an unbearable nuisance, you can request that we remove the bin.

You would need to get the agreement of other residents in the area, and often the local council, before we could withdraw the facility.

Damaged grit bins

If a grit bin is damaged, before replacing it we will assess the location against the criteria above. If the site does not meet the criteria then we may not replace the grit bin.

How many grit bins are in the county?

There are currently in excess of 2071 grit bins throughout the county. The bins are in areas not normally subject to precautionary treatment, at hilly, exposed locations and potentially dangerous road junctions.

You can use our interactive mapping to view the area around a specific location in order to find the locations of grit bins​.

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