Volunteers sign up to become snow neighbours

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 December 2012

Snow neighbour volunteers with council executive member Peter Bryant

Snow neighbour volunteers with council executive member Peter Bryant

North Somerset Council

THIRTY volunteers have signed up to help communities in Weston and Worle if the district is hit by bad weather.

The snow neighbour volunteers have been trained by North Somerset Council in Weston, and will be available in the event of heavy snowfall to clear footpaths and driveways.

Although the authority has laid out its map of major winter salting routes, some smaller communities do not get as much help as more populous areas and the volunteers will be able to maintain access routes and pavements.

They will also monitor local weather conditions, grit bins, salt supplies and contact the council if there is vandalism or misuse of resources.

Although the scheme will at first be run on a trial basis in Weston, it may be rolled out to the rest of the district if successful.

Clients at addiction treatment centre Broadway Lodge have also joined in by getting involved in the initiative.

Peter Smith, Broadway Lodge’s development director, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this initiative which I’m sure will help the local community if snow hits.

“Broadway Lodge has a history of providing volunteers such as gardening for the elderly - so the opportunity to help out more could not be missed.”

If you want to become a snow neighbour contact the authority on 01934 888802.

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