York & North Yorkshire

York trains 50 snow wardens

Dozens of residents in York are being trained as "snow wardens" to keep side streets and cul-de-sacs clear in the event of another bad winter.

The City of York Council has said 50 people have signed up for a course offering training.

Volunteers will be given a shovel, high-visibility coat and safety training.

A council spokesman said the wardens would also be supplied with additional salt to keep minor roads clear.

More than 80 residents showed interest in the scheme and 50 are being given hands-on training in York on Saturday.

Janet Looker, who is responsible for communities and neighbourhoods in the city, said: "Snow wardens will be asked to clear the snow - with help from friends and neighbours - on the minor roads, cul-de-sacs and those places we don't have the capacity to grit or clear.

"The idea for the snow wardens originated in Calgary, Canada, where a group known as the Snow Angels committed themselves to helping other more vulnerable members of the community in case of severe weather."

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