It seems a strange word to use doesn't it, 'resilience' but necessary preparedness for the winter is upon us.
We all know there isn't quite as much money out there in local authority land as there use to be and we all have to show willing and lend a hand during weather crises. Snow, you either love it or loathe it, it can cause incredible inconvenience or you walk to work for a couple of days a year. Salting public roads and pavements is an ever decreasing circle and last year the Town Council rolled up its sleeves and got stuck in and tried to fill the gap between your front door and the nearest salted main road.
We stockpiled salt across our area strategically placed and also enrolled members of the public to keep additional supplies at neighbourhood level, replacing costly green or yellow roadside salt bins. Luckily not a huge amount was required due to the mild winter but we may not be as lucky a second time. So what are the rules? Answer hardly any. If you and your neighbours want to help, get in touch. Obviously stocks are not unlimited so there does have to be a little rationing and an agreement the salt will be used on public not private roads and pavements. We will supply you with a hi vis vest to wear guidance instructions and a simple method of spreading the salt. The standard coverage is incredibly small; one tablespoon of salt per square metre if spread properly. Lightweight snow scoops can also be issued should you be physically fit but the main activity is to get salt laid before the snow is starting to take hold.
Salt is supplied in sealed plastic sacks but must be kept under cover or in a garage or shed and most importantly of all must be made available to other neighbours on request.
So if you fancy joining our team contact us on the town council website and send us a message or ring 01884 253404 and we will make contact with you.