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Call for volunteers to help clear snow during winter

Volunteers needed to help keep county moving

Mark Fern, of Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, and Councillor Blake Pain discuss the snow warden recruitment scheme
Councillor Blake Pain discussed the day in a life of a snow warden with Mark Fern, head groundsman of Ashby de la Zouch Town Council

Residents are being asked to help keep their communities safe during the winter.

We're working with parish and town councils to encourage people to sign-up to our Snow Warden Scheme and help keep the county moving when temperatures plummet.

Those interested in volunteering would be put forward by their local council and receive training and advice on how to clear snow and ice safely. They would also be provided with protective clothing, a shovel, brush and wheelbarrow.

Snow warden duties involve:

  • Clearing snow and ice from their community’s pavements;
  • Reporting local conditions through to our highways team;
  • Reporting situations that affect vulnerable residents;
  • Co-ordinating volunteers to clear snow and distribute grit; and 
  • Reporting empty grit bins.
 

Last winter was one of the most severe on record; it put pressure on our resources meaning we were unable to treat footpaths ourselves.

“We can’t be everywhere, but the Snow Warden Scheme is intended to provide a more reliable arrangement for clearing key local footpaths during prolonged severe weather and allows us to concentrate on treating major routes. 

“Our volunteers are an invaluable resource, who make a difference in their communities when called upon. I would encourage anyone who’d like to volunteer to get in touch as soon as possible and take part in the training events.

 

Training sessions are being held for new snow wardens at 9am to 11am and 12.30pm to 3pm at the Highways Croft Depot, in Arbor Road, on the following dates:

  • Monday, 19 November;
  • Wednesday, 21 November; and
  • Friday, 7 December.

Last year 10 town and parish councils helped us clear snow and ice from pavements and footpaths.

People interested in volunteering can find out more information about the scheme or register their interest by contacting their local parish or town council. 

Snow Warden Scheme

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