Snow plan to blitz winter freeze-out

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COUNCIL chiefs are planning to launch a £830,000 action plan to help keep the district moving during the winter months.

Councillors have put together a “snow plan” to help combat the devastating winter conditions which brought parts of the country to a standstill earlier this year.

The plan will include spending cash from a £200m government fund, training more winter drivers, recruiting 300 more volunteers to the community snow wardens scheme and providing town and parish councils with more rock salt.

A report to yesterday’s council skills enterprise and work overview and scrutiny committee, said: “During the last two winters, the transport network at local, regional and national levels suffered as a result of significant accumulations of snow and ice, with unprecedented disruption to commuters, businesses and public sector service providers such as the NHS and Wakefield Council.

“The cost of the disruptions ran in to several billion pounds nationally.”

The report added: “We have developed a ‘snow plan’ with our partners which documents resources, priorities and strategies to ensure communication and resources are as effective as they can possibly be.”

To help put the plan into action, the Department for Transport has given the council £830,000 for 2011-12. The cash was calculated based on the district’s road network.

The report says around 35 per cent of the cash has already been spent on repairing potholes. The rest will be spent on work to make roads more resistant to winter weather damage.