Shropshire

Appeal for volunteer Telford and Wrekin snow wardens

Fifty community volunteers are to be appointed as neighbourhood snow wardens in part of Shropshire.

Telford & Wrekin Council said the initiative would make a difference to roads not on its gritting routes, as well as footpaths.

Volunteers, who would be covered by the council's insurance, are to be sent one-tonne bags of salt "when the weather demands", it added.

They will be trained and issued with equipment.

'Extra help'

Volunteer wardens will also be risk assessed and given an insight into how weather forecasting works.

Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said the scheme was "over and above" the authority's current winter service.

He said: "The main objective will be to direct snow clearing volunteers and identifying minor roads, cul de sacs and other places where the council does not treat for snow and ice.

"The neighbourhood snow warden initiative will provide extra help and support in places where it is most needed."

Snow wardens will need to have access to a mobile phone or the internet to receive weather information and alerts on gritting during periods of extreme weather.

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