Community volunteers help grit icy pavements


With recent weather conditions making the city’s pavements icy and often dangerous, local Haxby and Wigginton councillors have ensured that volunteers can help residents stay safe as local volunteers step in to aid the Council’s gritting services.

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With the delivery of 1 tonne of grit received by the Community Hub at Haxby Memorial Hall on Wednesday, volunteers helped grit local pavements, following reports of people injuring themselves on black ice.

Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Council staff are working hard to ensure that essential frontline services such as gritting can continue. With many key workers currently using the road network and NHS facing unprecedented pressures, it is important that roads are gritted, keeping the highways and footpaths clear and safe.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, commented:

“York’s volunteers, charities and community groups are continuing to provide vital support to residents and communities across the city. With local councillors aiding the community efforts, it’s brilliant to see York come together in times of crisis. From gritting pavements to delivering prescriptions – their support and dedication is key to our local response to the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“If you do have time and want to ensure your local area is gritted, please consider becoming a local volunteer snow warden. We’ve been inundated with volunteers recently – the more hours people can give here and there, the better prepared York will be for adverse weather.”

Cllr Andrew Hollyer, local councillor for Haxby and Wigginton, added:

“The dangerous weather conditions are adding to the many every day challenges that the pandemic presents. It’s been wonderful to see the community bond together to support each other through this incredibly difficult time. I’m glad to see local volunteers supporting their communities yet again.

“We can all play our part in relieving the pressure on the NHS by taking extra care on untreated side roads and footpaths. Whilst Council staff are trying their best to treat roads across the city, grit bins across can be used by local residents and are being regularly restocked.”

The Volunteer Snow Warden scheme encourages people to be 'good neighbours' and adds value to the work we already do to clear snow from roads and pavements. Volunteers spend as much (or as little) time as they wish clearing snow and treating pavement, with each person deciding the size of the area they intend to cover. For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/SnowWardens or and to register email [email protected]

Vulnerable people needing help because they are directly affected by coronavirus and have no other source of help should email our Community Support Coordinators at [email protected] or call 01904 551550.


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