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Volunteers throughout the county are being called upon to help clear snow and ice from Derbyshire’s roads and pavements this winter.





 













 

Derbyshire County Council Calls On Local Residents To Help Clear Winter Snow

by Amber Valley Info on Thursday 13 September 2018



Volunteers throughout the county are being called upon to help clear snow and ice from Derbyshire’s roads and pavements this winter.

The council wants to hear from residents and farmers willing to help keep their communities safe when bad weather hits.

Town and parish councils and other community groups are being asked to gather together local people to join the county council’s Snow Warden Scheme.

For helping out each council or group will get a free delivery of up to a tonne of bagged grit, training and advice on how to clear snow and ice safely, and specialist weather reports.

Farmers and others with ploughing or gritting equipment are being asked to help keep the county’s roads on the move from October to next April.

Anyone taken on as a contractor will get £200 for signing up plus extra payments for call outs. 

Snow wardens get involved in:
•           clearing snow and ice from their community’s pavements
•           reporting local conditions through the county council’s website
•           reporting situations that affect vulnerable residents
•           co-ordinating volunteers to clear snow and distribute grit
•           reporting empty grit bins.

Farmers and contractors need to:
•           provide their own equipment
•           be available to work 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday – although extra help may be requested if conditions are particularly severe
•           arrange appropriate insurance
•           be able to respond to a call out within 90 minutes.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “While it may seem early to be preparing for winter, especially with our recent stretch of very warm weather, the reality is it’s not far off. We have to start planning now to make sure we have the right resources in place so we are ready when colder conditions arrive.”

“We look after around 3,500 miles of roads and footpaths and grit around half of them. These include our major roads, routes where there is only one way in or out of an area, major bus routes and roads serving emergency services’ bases. But we can’t be everywhere, which is why our volunteers and contractors are an invaluable resource, particularly in our more rural parts.” 

Councillor Spencer added: “It’s never too late to sign up to either of these schemes and I would encourage anyone who’d like to volunteer to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Last year 71 town and parish councils helped clear snow and ice from pavements and footpaths.

Staff at 62 county schools also volunteered to clear snow from outside school gates to help make it safer for students to get inside school grounds.

Town and parish councils and other community groups interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up to the Snow Warden Scheme at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/snow
or call 01629 538074. 

And for the 2017/2018 winter season 50 farmers and other contractors helped protect their local communities.

To find out more about the farmers scheme go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/snowvolunteers


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