Letter - Our sincere thanks to the snow helpers

Following last weekend’s wintery weather we would like to express our sincere thanks to the hundreds of Snow Wardens and residents who helped clear their local streets and pavements, as well as all the people who looked out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

There was a fantastic sense of community spirit shown all over Wakefield which is one of the many things that makes Wakefield the great place it is.

The council was as prepared as possible for the snow and teams worked tirelessly, round the clock, trying to keep the main roads moving, city and town centres open for business and ensuring that essential services for our most vulnerable residents kept going. Staff also worked hard to keep other services open like libraries, sports centres and our contact centre, and we would also like to thank them.

There was no weather-related disruption to any school on Monday and we very much appreciate the efforts of all the head teachers and school staff as well as the teams who worked throughout the night on Sunday to clear school routes.

During weather like this we try to keep everyone updated about what’s happening via Twitter @MyWakefield #wakeywinter and for those who don’t use Twitter we put the updates on our website at wakefield.gov.uk

We know some are people’s frustrated that we can’t clear every road, but we can assure readers that we make the best use of the resources we have, with staff who are always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to minimise disruption.

And, as was shown across Wakefield this weekend, if we all do our bit and work together we can keep Wakefield moving and open for business.

Coun Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive