Transport NI (formerly Roads Service) is responsible for the gritting/salting of roads all across Northern Ireland. However, recently Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have entered into a partnership with Transport NI to assist with the removal of snow and ice in certain priority areas which comprise mainly of town centre footways and pedestrian areas across the Borough.
For further information on gritting routes and schedules contact Transport NI: T. 0300 200 7891 or visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/transport-ni
Legally, there is nothing to stop home and business owners from clearing snow and ice from outside their own premises. It is best to clear snow early in the day and use salt or sand - not water as this can re-freeze.
Winter packs comprising of snow shovels, ice grippers, high visibility vests and gloves are available from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for local communities to help clear their areas of snow in a prolonged snow event. The packs are provided free of charge and the name of the individual or group who receives them would be shared with the local community.
If you are interested in a pack T. 028 9446 3113 (Antrim area) or 028 9034 0000 (Newtownabbey area)