Snow wardens to march on this winter

PR 4806
05 December 2014

Wakefield Council is asking its dedicated group of 500 existing snow wardens to get in touch and claim new salt supplies which they can use to help keep pavements clear during harsh winter weather.

If severe weather hits the Council’s priority is to keep the main roads moving and ensuring essential services stay open. So, it is once again calling on the district’s existing volunteer ‘snow army’ to be ready to help keep pavements and areas around their homes clear of snow and ice.

The Council offers existing snow wardens a bag of salt to use on public footpaths and streets. They can also collect, if required, a replacement snow shovel, and a fluorescent  ‘snow warden’ jacket.

Training and safety advice is given to ensure all volunteers work as safely as possible.

It is hoped that once again, snow wardens will join forces to help their neighbours and more vulnerable citizens who can’t help themselves by clearing pavements, drives and cul- de-sacs whilst the Council focuses on its priority routes, which are used by 90% of the district’s traffic.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth said: “The help of residents everywhere will be vital if we are hit with harsh weather this year.

“As we prepare for winter, we are asking snow wardens to come together, as they have done in the past to play a vital role and help keep our communities moving.”

The Council has been working to ensure it is ready to tackle even the most severe weather. Over 6,500 tonnes of grit has been delivered and further deliveries will arrive throughout the winter months.

The Council's key priority will be to keep roads moving and essential services open, so as well as stocking more grit than ever before, there will also be more staff available to operate snowploughs and gritters.

If you are a snow warden please call 0345 8 506 506 for a grit kit and further information on winter weather can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/gritting or by calling 0345 8 506 506.

Residents can also follow the Council’s updates at @MyWakefield on Twitter and follow the hashtag #wakeywinter.

For advice on clearing snow yourself check www.direct.gov.uk/clearingsnow