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Wakefield: Wardens will keep district on the move – Central Leeds – Yorkshire Evening Post

Published on Monday 26 December 2011 04:00 An army of snow stalwarts is being recruited to keep the Wakefield district moving if the big freeze takes hold again this winter. More than 200 people signed up to be snow wardens last year and the local council has put together even more free grit kits to give away to new volunteers this winter.In a bid to keep the whole district moving, bosses are calling on residents to help keep pavements and areas around their homes clear of snow and ice. The council kits include a snow shovel, a fluorescent snow warden jacket and a bag of salt to use on public footpaths and streets. Training and safety advice is also given. Roger Schofield, from Netherton, was one of the first people to join the snow warden army last year.He said: “My neighbours and I have always tried to deal with snow and ice on the streets where we live, but by becoming a snow warden last year I got help and extra supplies from the council.“The council can’t possibly keep all the roads clear on their own but by joining the snow wardens you can get great support from the council to keep you and your neighbours moving in the snow and ice.”Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth added: “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.”Council bosses say they started this winter with more than 6,500 tonnes of crushed grit and will receive deliveries throughout the winter months. Key priority will be to keep roads moving and essential services open , with more staff available to operate snow ploughs and gritters. If you want to join the snow army call 0845 8 506 506 for a free grit kit.Further information on winter weather can be found at wakefield.gov.uk/gritting or by calling 0845 8 506 506.Residents can also follow the council’s updates at MyWakefield on Twitter and follow the hashtag wakeywinter.

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