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Town councillor John Jackson is urging the community to join Wakefield councils snow wardens. He will be snow warden on Andrew street keeping the way clear for the fire station. with Andy Devonport (local station support officer)
Town councillor John Jackson is urging the community to join Wakefield councils snow wardens. He will be snow warden on Andrew street keeping the way clear for the fire station. with Andy Devonport (local station support officer)
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COMMUNITY-minded John Jackson is urging fellow residents to pitch in and help keep Featherstone moving this winter.

The Featherstone town councillor – who recently joined Wakefield Council’s army of “snow wardens” – is calling for members of the public to sign up to the gritting team and keep their neighbourhoods safe during snowy and icy conditions.

Coun Jackson, of Hartley Street, said it was important the community pulled together and helped each other in the face of bad weather.

He said: “It’s important we keep things moving as best we can. Wakefield Council can’t grit every foothpath but now we can do some ourselves.

“I think this year the council has listened to people and planned for this, which is why I have volunteered.

“I hope people sign up to become a snow warden and I urge people to join – ring the council, register and help the community.”

Coun Jackson has chosen to look after Priory Road where many elderly residents live and Andrew Street to keep the roads safe for vehicles at the nearby fire station.

He said: “Last year it was bad enough for people who can walk easily but the elderly couldn’t leave the house.

“The town council has been given two tonnes of salt and the tools. We’ve been supplied with high visibility jackets and a shovel and when the weather is bad we’ll chuck our gear on and start gritting.

“But I can’t personally do every street in Featherstone. I’m doing as much as I can but I can’t do everything.

“That’s why we need more volunteers to register and do a lot more.”

More than 200 people joined the district’s army of snow wardens last year and the council now has more free “grit kits” to give away to new volunteers this winter.

The council hopes that snow wardens will join forces to help their neighbours and more vulnerable citizens who can’t help clear pavements, drives and cul de sacs, whilst 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 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.”