Advice on staying safe and well during colder weather
is prepared for wintry weather and is advising residents to take action by
planning ahead to stay safe and healthy during colder weather.
Cllr Matthew Morley with Snow Warden Denise Green
winter affect the district, the Council’s priority will be to keep the
main roads moving and ensure that essential
services stay open.
A fleet of 14 state-of-the-art
gritters are prepped to disperse 4,700
tonnes of grit from our annual store to treat on all A and B roads,
steep main roads to villages, housing or industrial estates and roads leading
to main hospitals and large schools.
In fact, the roads we grit are
used by more than 90 per cent of all the traffic in the district. On average,
people are never more than 400 metres away from a treated route.
Teams are on-call
round the clock, to monitor the weather and get the gritting teams out when
they are needed – day or night.
There are 340 grit
bins across the district and these will be restocked over the winter, as
If people have to
travel by car during these conditions, the advice is to plan ahead and keep
up-to-date with the weather.
Residents are being
asked to volunteer as Snow
Wardens, to help keep pavements and areas
around their homes 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 local streets whilst the Council
focuses on its priority routes.
Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said:
“If you are able to come and join our army of Snow Wardens, please get in
touch. This team of volunteers do an excellent job in supporting their local
communities, helping their neighbours and vulnerable residents, and their
combined efforts make a great contribution to the whole of our district.”
Residents are also
being asked to check
on their older and disabled neighbours and family
members who may need extra support in the cold weather.
Opening times for
pharmacies, GP practices and shops should also be checked, to ensure people
have the medicines they need over the festive period.
Heptinsall, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said:
“At this time of year people with health conditions, or who are older, may be
more susceptible to ill health. We want to encourage everyone to look after
themselves and this includes taking up the offer of a free flu jab if you are
Parents are being urged to take their two and three-year-old
children to their GP for their free flu vaccination. The vaccine is given as a
nasal spray and is quick and painless.
The flu vaccination is also free for pregnant women, people over
65-years-old and people with certain long-term illnesses, those in a long-stay
residential care facility and carers.
For further advice people are advised to speak to their GP,
practice nurse or pharmacist, or read Public Health England’s flu
information about winter health visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/seasonalhealth
about someone’s safety should contact Social Care Direct on 0345 8 503 503.
To sign up to become a Snow Warden call 0345 8 506 506 or go to www.wakefield.gov.uk/winter