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.
Gritting 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 .