A WINTER’S TALE / THERE’S SNOW BUSINESS LIKE SNOW BUSINESS….
Do you want to be a ‘Snow Friend’ in the borough of Bromley.
The army of Snow Friends across the borough who clear snow from their residential area are being advised to make sure they are prepared for snow this winter.
The Snow Friend groups will again be using council-supplied scoops to clear snow from residential streets which are not generally part of the council’s gritting or snow clearing routes. New volunteers representing other groups are invited to apply to join the scheme.
Bromley’s executive councillor for environment Cllr Colin Smith says: “Whilst we haven’t seen snow for a few years now and from an operational point of view are hoping that we don’t see any this winter either, at this time of year our minds obviously turn to preparing as best we can for the unpredictability of the season.
“With the council’s gritting crews continuing to attend all key arterial routes across the borough, Bromley’s outstanding existing Snow Friends and Snow Friends groups, already play crucial roles in their roads in extreme weather, in terms of bringing residents together, looking after vulnerable neighbours and actually clearing snow.
“We are currently reminding all co-ordinators to please make sure they are fully provisioned for the worst and likewise asking any potentially new groups who might wish to join the initiative, to please let us know quickly at this stage.
“If and when snow actually arrives, it will be too late to assist logistically in terms of dispensing scoops and salt, so time really is of the essence.”
The advice to Snow Friends is that especially in the time sensitive first 24 hours of snowfall, clearing snow from pavements before the snow turns to ice is critical.
The council will be working with all of these groups over the winter months, warning co-ordinators of when snow is forecast locally.
By co-ordinating clearance work on smaller residential roads with resident associations, the council hope that even more pavements will be cleared with the support of local residents.
The council’s website details where the winter gritting routes are, with a film showing what both Snow Friends and the council do over the winter period.
Resident associations and other community groups are invited to join the council’s Snow Friends initiative and view the programme at www.bromley.gov.uk/winter or call 0300 3030 8658. (Source: Bromley council press release)