York snow warden scheme recruits 100 volunteers

Generic grit and salt spreading by hand Volunteers will be trained to help clear streets of heavy snowfall

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One hundred volunteers have been recruited as snow wardens in York.

The volunteers will be trained to keep minor side streets and cul-de-sacs clear of snow in the event of an extreme winter.

They will be provided with a shovel, high-visibility coat, gloves and safety training.

Last year, the City of York Council said 50 volunteers were recruited for the scheme. Now the authority is appealing for more people to sign up.

The council said anyone interested in becoming a warden would need access to a mobile phone or the internet.

"They will become involved in the flow of information on the weather and on decisions regarding gritting during the periods of extreme weather," a council spokesman said.

Councillor David Levene thanked the snow wardens "for taking their own time out" last year to help clear the snow and keep the city moving.

The idea for snow wardens originated in Calgary, Canada, by a group called the Snow Angels who decided to help other more vulnerable members of the community during a severe winter.

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