Wakefield district is ready for winter weather
Wakefield Council is geared up and ready for winter weather.
Cllr Matthew Morley with members of the gritting team
If severe weather hits the district, the Council's priority is to keep the main roads moving and ensure that essential services stay open.
The Council is prepared with 6,000 tonnes of grit stockpiled, and will focus on its priority routes, which are used by 90% of the district's traffic.
A fleet of 14 state-of-the art gritters, bought last year and equipped with SAT NAV and an automatic spreading system will help to tackle wintry conditions.
People are being asked to lend their support during adverse weather conditions this winter by volunteering as snow wardens, to provide vital support by helping to keep pavements and areas around their homes clear of snow and ice.
Cllr Matthew Morley, pictured, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: "Preparations are well underway to tackle the winter weather, but we need residents' help. We need people to get in touch to let us know they are willing to join in the team effort that is needed to keep our district moving by becoming a snow warden.
"Our snow wardens did a fantastic job with the continuing snow spells last year. I hope that everyone will come together again this year to support their communities."
The Council will provide snow wardens with a bag of salt to use on public footpaths and streets, which can be replenished throughout the season. If needed, they can also collect a snow shovel and a fluorescent 'snow warden' jacket.
Training and safety advice is given to ensure all volunteers work as safely as possible.
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.
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