Snow army braces itself

Caption: Cllr Denise Jeffery (centre) and Highways Network Manager for Wakefield Council, Graham West (far left) show their true grit with staff from the Tadman Street grit depot.'Council appeal for snow wardens
Caption: Cllr Denise Jeffery (centre) and Highways Network Manager for Wakefield Council, Graham West (far left) show their true grit with staff from the Tadman Street grit depot.'Council appeal for snow wardens

snow wardens are standing by as the Met Office warns of icy roads and pavements next week.

Volunteers have been taking up Wakefield Council on its free ‘grit kits’ offer, to keep public footpaths and streets safe.

The kits include a snow shovel, a fluorescent jacket and a bag of salt.

Roger Schofield, from Netherton, was one of the first of more than 200 people to join the snow army last year.

He said: “My neighbours and I have always tried to deal with snow and ice on the streets where we live, but by becoming a snow warden last year I got help and extra supplies from the council.

“The council can’t possibly keep all the roads clear on their own but by joining the snow wardens you can get great support to keep you and your neighbours moving in the snow and ice.”

The council hopes snow wardens will join forces to help neighbours and vulnerable citizens by clearing pavements, drives and cul-de-sacs while the council focuses on its priority routes.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The help of residents everywhere will be vital if we are hit with harsh weather again this year – dealing with the full might of mother-nature is not something we can do alone.

“We hope everybody will come together to help keep our communities moving.”

To join the snow army, call 0845 8506 506, and for information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/gritting