Snow and ice advice

Helpful information for residents and businesses during periods of snow and ice.

For the latest service information and advice please visit the Lewes District Council Twitter feed, or the Eastbourne Borough Council Twitter feed.

You do not need an account to view our Twitter feed, but with one you can follow us to receive direct updates.

East Sussex County Council and the Highways Agency are jointly responsible for clearing snow and ice from the roads.

We encourage residents to spread the salt from the salt bins on pavements to prevent icing. Residents can clear snow from the pavement or any public space and it is unlikely that you will be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully.

For more information go to the clearing snow and ice from pavements webpage on

There are salt bins in many of our car parks and cemeteries and our staff will use these to keep our services open. Our street cleaning teams will help clear town centre precincts of snow and spread salt where needed

We will use the salt from the salt bins on housing estates to clear communal pathways at our sheltered housing schemes whenever applicable. Scheme managers will contact sheltered housing tenants to check on their wellbeing.

We will also aim to clear footpaths in hilly and difficult to reach areas of our estates.

Extreme weather conditions can also affect public transport. We advise you to check before attempting to make a journey.   

East Sussex County Council has an automated system of informing of school closures. Local colleges update their websites with their opening status.

The severe weather may prevent you from getting to work. Know your rights as an employee and what is reasonably expected of you.

The NHS provide health care and advice should you require it during periods of cold weather:

If you suffer a loss or disruption to one of your utility services please contact the relevant provider.

 Find out the weather forecast and how long a period of bad weather is expected to last.

Local media will also have information about the latest situation.