Even though the borough has not had a particularly harsh winter for the past few years, Bromley Council is urging all existing volunteer Snow Friends to ensure they are fully prepared for any bad weather. They are also looking for new resident groups and individuals who are interested in joining the army of volunteers who help to keep the area’s roads safe and clear.
What are Snow Friends?
Snow Friends are residents who work in a group to clear ice and snow from their streets. Co-ordinators of groups are provided with salt and scoops that they then distribute to their volunteers. These people help to support the council in clearing side streets and low-priority areas that are not covered by the gritting teams.
As winter approaches, the council is reminding group co-ordinators to ensure they have adequate stocks to cover any adverse weather. It is essential that snow is cleared from pavements and roads within the first 24 hours before it becomes icy. Once the snow has arrived, it is too late to organise deliveries, so it is important to be ready beforehand.
Join the Snow Friends
Bromley Council is also looking for additional volunteers to join the Snow Friends scheme. Further details on the scheme and how to register can be found on the Bromley Council website, or you can contact 0300 3030 8658.
Are you one of Bromley’s volunteer Snow Friends? What benefits do you bring to the local community? How can others help?
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