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​ New extreme weather policy

2019 - December, Latest news

Winter is on the way and we all remember a couple of years ago when we were hit by the Beast from the East.

This year PA Housing is determined not to be caught out, so we have drawn up a new Weather Conditions Management Policy. It deals with what we’ll do to minimise risk in extreme conditions such as snow, ice, flooding and high temperatures.

To stay ahead of potential winter issues we’ll be maintaining a rolling five day forecast from November to April to predict the likelihood of heavy snowfall or sub-zero temperatures and take appropriate action.

We’ll identify areas that could pose a hazard, including paths, steps and slopes. And we’ll provide salt, grit and rock salt for de-icing which will be for staff and contractors’ use only. We do not advise customers to treat areas themselves because there is a risk of injury, and could also lead to potential claims from others if the gritting or clearing of snow is not completed effectively.

Communal paths will be treated with salt or grit to assist residents to access their homes on foot where possible. Priority will be given to areas where residents are known to have mobility or disability issues, such as at Independent Living schemes.

Some of our properties have non-adopted roadways so they are not gritted by a local authority. We will identify roadways where a steep incline may cause access problems in the event of snow and use a contractor to grit.

In summer when temperatures go above 28 centigrade there is a risk of melting tarmac and we will prioritise paths where the damage would cause issues for wheelchair users and anyone with a pushchair.

In the case of flooding we will work with other agencies to reduce the risk to properties and people.

A copy of the full policy can be found by clicking here.

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