Volunteers needed for Snow Champions initiative

Last updated: 13/01/2015 11:51:31

Snow A chance of a light dusting of snow across Walsall this week has prompted a fresh call out for Snow Champions.

Transport chiefs in Walsall are searching for 250 volunteers and 50 community groups as part of a pilot project to protect those who are most vulnerable during treacherous conditions.

The council and its highways partner, Lafarge Tarmac will give away shovels, salt bags, salt bins, and luminous tabards to volunteers who are fit enough to clear snow and ice off paths and footways and be willing to brave freezing conditions.

The response to the initiative has so far been lukewarm, but the council is bracing itself for heavy interest, once the weather changes for the worse.

Councillor Lee Jeavons, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: "This is the first time we have launched the Snow Champions initiative and whilst the weather has been fairly mild up to this point, there is a chance we could start to see the first signs of snow and ice in Walsall this week.

"Understandably, there hasn't been much interest in the initiative so far.

"But all that could change if we have a patch of cold weather.

“As a council, we can’t grit every road, path and pavement and local people will know which neighbours are more vulnerable than others.

"We know there are residents and communities who already look out for each other when the snow begins to fall, so if you would like to go the extra mile, we'll give you the equipment and training needed."

Volunteers can apply by emailing snowchampion@walsall.gov.uk or visit the Snow Champions section on the council's website at www.walsall.gov.uk.

The offer is on a first come, first served basis and is open to Walsall residents only.