Uckfield Town Council is trying to find a way of providing and distributing grit in town during winter months.
A report to the environment and leisure committee which meets on Monday says the council could have improved the situation in 2010/11 if allowed to do so.
The council owns 12 grit bins but, the report says, they proved ineffectual because there is no way of controlling use of the grit.
“Grit is taken by the public for their own domestic use, leaving none for its intended use, the gritting of roads and footpaths. Reminding residents of the proper use for grit will probably be ineffectual.”
Alternative suggestions include the town council taking control of distribution in areas not covered by East Sussex County Council and bulk buying grit.
The council could then prioritise distribution starting with roads out of estates and then footpaths.
“It would be impossible for the town council to cover the entire town, however this method could prove to be a more efficient and cost effective way of distributing grit.
“Unfortunately there will always be a problem of obtaining grit during severe winter conditions as all suppliers run out.