Date Published: 09 November 2018
Rutland County Council is looking for people to step forward and help their local community this winter by becoming Volunteer Snow Wardens.
When winter weather brings snow and ice the Council has to focus the majority of its gritting activity on routes which carry the most traffic, such as main A and B roads and access roads into villages.
Rutland’s Community Snow Warden Scheme is set up to provide advice and training to community groups and Parish Councils, particularly in the most rural parts of the County, who can then help to clear snow and ice on a voluntary basis.
As well as training, the Council also provides Snow Wardens with equipment such as snow shovels and high visibility clothing to help the clear snow and spread the salt safely.
“Volunteer Snow Wardens are an important part of Rutland's winter preparations and do an incredible job to help to keep their local communities free from snow and ice. During periods of severe winter weather, we have to focus our efforts on gritting and clearing the main routes around Rutland because of the sheer number of people who travel on them and the safety risk that poses. The Snow Wardens help to make sure that smaller communities also get the help they need in winter. We offer training, support and equipment to anyone put forward by their Parish or Town Council to be Snow Warden, we just need more volunteers with local knowledge to come forward and help.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Highways & Transport
Snow Wardens volunteer on behalf of their Parish or Town Council to deliver the winter maintenance support that has been planned locally. Find out more on our dedicated Snow Wardens page.
Contact your Town or Parish Council if you're interested in becoming a Volunteer Snow Warden where you live.