Snow Friends help in clearance operation

Published Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Snow Friends are being thanked for their volunteer snow clearance work, helping to clear their residential road of snow and ice.

The news follows continued around the clock salting operations by the Council’s gritting and snow clearance crews who have continued to concentrate on the 280 miles of main routes in the borough. Additionally, street cleaning teams have been clearing snow from pavements in areas of high footfall, such as in and around town centre areas and approaches to transport interchanges and schools.

Low daytime temperatures mean that gritting crews will treat main routes as often as required in order to keep traffic moving while Snow Friends concentrate on residential locations. Side streets are not part of the council’s gritting or snow clearance operation, so more roads in the borough can be treated if Snow Friends help.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “A big thank you to Snow Friend residents who have cleared snow from local residential roads. It is a team effort and we have been working continually to keep all main routes across the borough free of ice and snow as much as possible. Please be aware that with freezing daytime temperatures, fallen snow will turn to ice, making conditions more difficult - so please take extra care if you’re out and about.”

Apart from snow clearance on the borough’s roads, high footfall areas are also treated focussing on town centre shopping areas, approaches to schools and transport interchanges. For progress on gritting, including a map of where the priority gritting routes are, visit the council’s website

Recycling and waste collections have been disrupted this week with icy pavements preventing collection crews from safely picking up recycling and waste collections. Current information about waste collection disruption is available by visiting, where updated details about collections are published, including revised arrangements.


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