In my early days, when snow was more frequent than now, clearing it away from pavements in front of houses was a regular thing for people to do.

I have been told by someone who is fairly knowledgeable, that if we clear it nowadays and somebody fell over and injured themselves we would be liable to prosecution.

Is this really the case?

Does this come into health and safety law?

I live in a flat and we have a pathway to the main roadway. A kind resident had cleared all our paths in our block of six before I had even got up.

On the night of the blizzard I was driven home from an enjoyable evening and my friend had two other passengers. It was a treacherous journey, but waking up to such a beautiful scene was a pleasure I had not seen in years.

I recalled what joy it had been for my young boys and their friends to play snow balls with us.

P Mann
Randolph Close

...Among the chaos and misery that a couple of inches of snow brings to this part of the country, a couple of good news items.

First, I had to drive to Chelmsford just after the first falls and frankly was dreading the journey. But almost without fail drivers were considerate, careful and cautious, leaving sensible gaps between one another and keeping the speed down.

What had promised to be a nightmare turned into a safe and nearly stress-free trip.

Secondly, our recycling was picked up at nearly the normal time and later the refuse crew came by to pick up the black bags. I just happened to be outside when the vehicle arrived.

Two more cheerful individuals it would be hard to find and this on a road which is notorious for being probably one of the last in the district to clear after snowfall.

So thanks to the cheerful refuse collectors and the careful, polite, sensible drivers that do exist.

Victor York
Buller Road