Support the district in wintry weather by becoming a snow warden

05/12/2017, PR8712

​Wakefield Council is asking residents to sign up as volunteer snow wardens to help keep roads and pavements clear of snow and ice.

Snow warden John Netherwood and Cllr  Matthew Morley
Snow warden John Netherwood and Cllr Matthew Morley

​If severe weather hits the district, the Council's priority is to keep the main roads moving and ensuring essential services stay open.  

The Council is prepared and has 6,000 tonnes of grit stockpiled, and will focus on its priority routes, which are used by 90% of the district's traffic. It is calling for people to support it by being ready to help keep pavements and areas around their homes clear of snow and ice.

The Council will provide snow wardens with a bag of salt to use on public footpaths and streets. They can also collect, if required, a snow shovel, and a fluorescent 'snow warden' jacket.

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

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: "Keeping the district moving in severe weather is a team effort, and I'd like to thank everyone who will be volunteering as a snow warden this winter.

"I hope that everyone will come together again this year to help keep our roads and pavements clear of snow and ice."

Snow wardens will be asked to 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.

There are also over 340 grit bins across the district, which will be restocked over the winter as needed.

To sign up to become a snow warden call 0345 8 506 506 or for more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/winter

 Looking after the elderly and vulnerable is also important during the colder months.  Residents are urged to check their neighbours have enough food and their heating is working.

 People are also being reminded to keep a well-stocked medicine chest and a first aid kit to deal with day-to-day illness and injury this winter.

For winter and gritting updates, and details of any disruptions to services, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk or follow #WakeyWinter on Twitter.

 

 

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