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Leicestershire Snow Heroes Ready For Big Freeze

Published: 18th October 2011 18:03

Winter is looming but Leicestershire's family of 'snow heroes' is ready to roll and keep the county moving if the mercury plummets.

Leicestershire County Council gritter saltGritting stocksShould a big freeze hit, Leicestershire County Council's 17 gritters, 85 drivers and a network of snow wardens, farmers and 4x4 drivers are ready to take to the roads.

There are 55 snow wardens based in communities across the county who will grit paths and 60 farmers who during deep snow, fit ploughs to their tractors to clear roads.

If heavy snowfall makes driving difficult, a team of 40 volunteer 4x4 drivers will be on hand to deliver hot meals and shopping to the elderly, and help carers and health visitors to reach their patients.

The council's grit barns are stocked up with 16,500 tonnes of grit - enough to last throughout the winter and to fill 12 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said:

"We are ready for winter and geared up to keep Leicestershire moving during snow and ice.

"Our grit was delivered over the summer and although it may appear strange stocking up during hot weather, we always order early to make sure we're prepared. We'll keep a close eye on stocks throughout the winter so we will be able to order more in good time if we get really bad weather.

"During a big freeze, our team of community-based 'snow heroes' play a vital role and I'm pleased by establishing this network, we're helping communities to tackle local conditions."

Neil Henfrey, a new snow warden in Sileby, said:

"This role is an opportunity to play my part in helping the people of Sileby to get out to the shops and other facilities safely in adverse conditions."

For more information on winter maintenance in Leicestershire, visit the website on www.leics.gov.uk/gritting or follow the council on Twitter @LeicsCountyHall .

 

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Jason Petsch
At 14:45 on 21st October 2011, Jason Petsch commented:
Jason Petsch, commercial director at www.gritit.com

It is encouraging to see that organisations like Leicestershire County Council are starting to think about the weather before it arrives.

Clearly public confidence is in need of an boost. Following the experiences of the last few winters coupled with the myriad budget cuts, Councils up and down the country are clearly keen to restore this confidence and prove to their electorate (the tax payer) that they are prepared for the winter ahead.

As the UK’s leading winter risk management company, it’s good that organisations have learnt from their mistakes and are beginning to improve services. There is every indication that the weather patterns of winter 2012 will repeat the last two years, the only hope is that those organisations which have invested in machinery and equipment have done enough. At the end of the day, success will rely on thorough planning and execution.

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