Join snow army

Coun Denise Jeffery with gritting staff.
Coun Denise Jeffery with gritting staff.

RESIDENTS are being urged to show their grit if bad weather strikes the Five Towns this winter.

Wakefield Council is hoping to recruit 300 new snow wardens to help keep the district’s roads and pavements clear.

Free kits, including a shovel, high-vis jacket and a salt supply will give community-spirited citizens the tools they need to keep their neighbourhoods safe.

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, 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.”

Council chiefs hope its army of snow wardens will help vulnerable neighbours who can’t clear pavements and minor roads.

Snow warden and Featherstone town councillor John Jackson has signed up for another year of clearing the streets.

He said: “I enjoyed being a snow warden last year and would encourage anyone to do it. I was able to go and do my route and make it safe for everyone as best I could.

“We all did our bit and it made a big difference.”

To become a snow warden call 0845 8 506 506 for a free grit kit or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/gritting for more information.

Existing snow wardens will be contacted to discuss replenishment of salt or grit.