Wakefield Council calls for help before winter strikes

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Wakefield Council says it is well stocked up on grit ahead of this winter.

But it has called on volunteers to lend a hand when the snow hits.

Snow wardens can help their neighbours and more vulnerable people who can’t help themselves by clearing pavements and minor roads while the council focuses on its priority routes.

They will be supplied with kits containing a snow shovel, a fluorescent ‘snow warden’ jacket, salt, training and guidance. And all existing snow wardens will be contacted and given fresh salt.

The council said it had more than 6,500 tonnes of grit in stock and would be taking deliveries of more throughout the winter.

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

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

The council also asked people to look after the elderly, checking that they have enough food and their heating is working.

To sign up to become a snow warden call 0845 8 506 506 or for more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/gritting