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To grit or not to grit?

Posted on 04th February 2013 in Parks

Posted by

Melanie Burton

Partner and Chartered Legal Executive
To grit or not to grit?

A recent spell of snow and icy conditions has prompted the question of whether park owners are expected to grit their park roads and footpaths.

Park owners owe a general duty to their residents and visitors to ensure that they will be reasonably safe in using the park under the Occupiers’ Liability Act.The question of whether to grit will depend on various factors. For example, whether you have done so in the past. Residents could come to expect certain action and if this suddenly stops, then park owners could find themselves more likely to be sued.

If you decide not to grit, then consider whether to erect suitable warning signs if you become aware of a particularly treacherous area of road or footpath. If snow and ice are a known problem, then park owners could potentially face liability if they fail to put up suitable warning signs.

In all cases, the first step should be to discuss the issue with your insurance company and to enquire what action they would expect in bad weather conditions. It may invalidate an insurance claim if you have failed to take action that forms part of the terms and conditions of your insurance policy.

If you have any questions or want some advice as to the impact of the winter weather conditions on your park, please contact the parks team on 01392 207020 or email parks@tozers.co.uk

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