Council ‘set for winter’

Wakefield White out! Snow stops the city.'Wood Street.'w3857m048
Wakefield White out! Snow stops the city.'Wood Street.'w3857m048
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GRIT supplies will be healthier than ever this winter, council chiefs have said.

Wakefield Council announced that it would start the season with 6,500 tonnes of grit and more staff available to operate gritters and snow ploughs.

It follows a series of nightmare winters which have ground the city to a halt and caused emergency hospital visits to soar.

The council said it would focus on keeping roads moving and essential services open.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration, said the council would again be appealing for volunteers to help shift snow this year.

She said: “We have been working all year to ensure we are ready to tackle severe weather.

“We start this winter with over 6,500 tonnes of crushed rock salt and will receive deliveries 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 girt than ever before, we also have more staff available to operate snow ploughs and gritters.

“But dealing with severe snow and ice is not something councils can do alone so we will be once again calling upon the district’s public-spirited residents to join our existing army of over 200 Snow Wardens, as well as working with parish councils and local groups to build community resilience.

“If we all work together we can keep Wakefield moving - whatever winter brings us.”

Visitors to our Facebook page called for the council to pay more attention to pavements.

A spokesman for the Met Office said it was too early to predict when snow would first hit Wakefield.