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100 Snow Wardens needed to blitz streets and keep Lambeth moving this Winter

This Winter Lambeth Council is looking for another 100 community-minded residents to sign up to be Snow Wardens and help blitz snow and ice from pavements in their area to help keep the borough moving during cold weather.

The council is offering free grit and equipment to local residents who would like to volunteer to help keep their local area safe and free from snow and ice. Snow Wardens will be given free shovels, supplies of grit, hi-visibility jackets, gloves and health and safety training to do the job. Additional equipment will be available for community groups to share between members.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services in Lambeth, said:  “Our Snow Wardens scheme has been really popular so we’re opening it up to more willing volunteers.  We are looking for more individuals as well as members of community groups to become Lambeth Snow Wardens and help keep our pavements and footpaths clear and safe to use this Winter.

“More than ten tonnes of grit has been allocated to the scheme and Snow Wardens will be able to replenish grit supplies at the Vale Street Recycling Centre or from the street bins should their supplies get low.

“We hope that our latest recruitment drive will take the number of Lambeth Snow Wardens to over 300.”

Lambeth has replenished its salt supplies from last year and is stockpiling 800 tonnes of grit for council workers to apply to help keen the borough’s roads safe and clear this Winter.  There are also 550 salt bins positioned around the borough that have already been filled. Together, these bins hold 250 tonnes of salt for public use.

The council’s Winter gritting service will be operating as usual again this year.  The new scheme aims to build on the existing service by enlisting the help of residents who want to do more to help their neighbours.

Lambeth has a priority system for clearing snow which means that when snow falls, staff concentrate on key transport routes. The Snow Warden scheme will not replace any gritting previously done by council staff.  It will mean more of the borough’s pavements and footpaths are gritted, and will be extra to the council’s normal Winter service.

Training sessions for new recruits will be held in early November.  If you are interested in playing your part then please email: snowwardens@lambeth.gov.uk, or call 020 7926 0524

For more information contact:  Jemima Broadbridge, Press Officer, 020 7926 0473, jbroadbridge@lambeth.gov.uk

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