Snowy pavements are not the same as pavements with broken paving stones – both of them can cause you to trip and fall, but the former happens all at once when it snows heavily, while the latter happens gradually over the years. That’s why countries like Belgium* and Germany have different approaches to these two issues.
When it snows it’s the responsibility of the home or business owner to clear the pavements of snow in front of their property. If the paving stones are broken or dangerous it’s the responsibility of local government.
It’s impossible for local government to have the staffing resources (let alone the grit) to be able to clear each and every pavement at the moment it snows heavily. By spreading this burden among building owners, each bearing a small responsibility, the problem of slippery, snowy pavements can be resolved much more quickly. There would of course have to be exceptions (for the elderly for example) but as a starting point, why not?
How about that as an idea to be considered by Philip Hammond when he’s wondering what to do for snow response in future? Surely fits closely with the Big Society ideas of the Tories?
* – before I get any sarcastic comments from Belgian readers, I know there are plenty of missing and broken paving stones on Belgian pavements!