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Council in York gets ready for winter weather

Council in York gets ready for winter weather

12:01am 26th September 2011

City of York Council’s Cabinet will receive an update on the authority’s arrangements for dealing with severe winter weather, at a meeting next month (4th October).

Last winter the council worked with partner organisations and local residents to keep the city open for business and protect and support the most vulnerable residents.

New developments and improvements for this winter include:

  • The creation of a snow warden scheme, with over 80 volunteers willing to help clear footpaths in their local area.
  • Increasing the number of salt bins from 307 to 357.
  • Trialling a new system of salt supply to ensure adequate stocks (this may be dependent on the national availability of salt).
  • The use of four new footpath snow blowers and six additional salt spreaders to keep footpaths and cycle tracks clear where possible.

As in previous years primary priority routes will include all classified roads, links between villages and main roads, public transport and school bus routes and access roads to park and rides.

The secondary routes will include links roads, routes serving areas of dense population, care homes and schools. In extreme weather the council’s call centre will remain open for customer contact and information as well as regular updates on the council’s web site and twitter.

The Snow Wardens will receive daily weather and action updates from November through until March enhancing the local information available to the public.

Sally Burns director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, City of York Council, said:

“Last year’s winter weather was some of the worst we had seen for many years. We have looked at how we can improve on our response to the bad weather and hope that the new measures we have put in place will help keep York’s highways moving and ensure that residents are well supported.”

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