Council pleads for help this winter

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
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Council bosses have called on residents to become snow wardens and help keep the district’s roads moving this winter.

Wakefield Council introduced snow wardens three years ago in a bid to clear snow from minor roads and footpaths.

The scheme sees residents sign a pledge to keep areas around their homes clear of snow and ice during extreme weather, while council staff keep priority routes across the area clear.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The help of residents will be vital if we are faced with harsh weather again this year.

“Dealing with the full might of mother-nature is not something we can do alone.”

Snow wardens are supplied with kits containing a snow shovel, a fluorescent jacket and salt.

Volunteers will also be given training and guidance amd existing snow wardens will be contacted by the council to see if they need any more grit.

Coun Jeffery said: “We hope everybody will come together to help keep our communities moving.”

Council bosses also urged residents to get their flu jabs and to check on elderly or vulnerable residents during the winter.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer to become a snow warden call 0845 8506506 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/gritting

To find out about possible school closures and travel disruption, check the Express website at www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk