A council gritting team is thanking community minded residents for their help during periods of heavy ice and snow.
The Dudley Council service has released a video highlighting the vital role volunteers play during the winter period.
The video promotes the council’s snow busters initiative, which provides local groups and individuals with winter packs as part of the Dudley Deal, and can be found online at www.dudley.gov.uk/snowbusters
The free packs enable community spirited residents to grit and clear pathways, pavements and pedestrian areas during periods of bad weather. They include free shovels, salt spreaders, high-visibility vests, bags of special salt and advice on snow clearing.
Dudley council has a team of 40 staff who work in shifts around the clock to monitor the weather for any expected plunge in temperatures or snowfall and help to keep almost 300 miles of roads clear.
Alan Lunt, deputy chief executive at Dudley Council, said:
The Dudley Deal is an informal agreement between the council and anyone who lives or works in the borough. It sets out what the council will commit to and how residents, businesses and community groups can play their part too.
Our gritting teams work around the clock to grit the network, clear snow and keep the roads moving whatever the weather but it is our snow busters who reach out in the local community to help vulnerable friends and neighbours. I would like to extend my personal thanks to them for taking up their role in the Dudley Deal.
During the last three years, 220 snow busters packs have been issued to residents and groups who have committed to help others in their area. People who would like to sign up to the scheme can contact the Winter Warmth Team at Dudley Council on 01384 817086 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Dudley Council’s Weather Watch page can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk and is packed full of key information including gritting routes, school closures, bin collections and council services affected by the weather.
People are also able to get the latest updates via twitter by following #WMGrit, on facebook or by signing up to the council’s popular ebulletin service on the homepage of www.dudley.gov.uk
Anybody concerned with rising fuel bills or keeping warm at home this winter can have a free home visit by calling 01384 817086 or emailing email@example.com