Cllr Michael Andrewes

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Cllr Michael Andrewes proposes “snow angel” scheme

by michaelandrewes on 14 January, 2015

Cllr Michael Andrewes discussing with a local resident

Cllr Michael Andrewes getting the views of a local resident

I am calling for “snow angels” to be recruited to lend a helping hand across the city this winter. I have proposed in a motion to be debated next Tuesday that Portsmouth should consider introducing the Snow Angels scheme. It sees volunteers clear snow and ice from the footways and pathways in their local area.

I would love to know what you think whether or not it is a good idea or if you would like to be a “snow angel”. Even if it passes at the city council next week the scheme will have to be worked up by another committee (such is the way of the council!). Please email me if you would like to be a volunteer snow angel and your views. Or fill in the form here or leave a comment below.

Residents who volunteer are supplied with bags of grit, hi-visibility vests, protective gloves and a snow scoop and given some basic training. The scheme already operates in other local authorities, including Lambeth, Waltham Forest, Edinburgh and Telford and Wrekin.

I know from experience that if we have a very cold snap that pavements can remain treacherous and uncleared of snow for some time. These type of schemes have proven popular and effective elsewhere in the country with some areas having up to 500 volunteers. I myself slipped and fell a few years ago when we had snow. I was just a bit sore but if you are elderly or vulnerable such a fall can be very serious and mean hospital treatment taking up vital beds. I hope that the council can look very quickly into this and see whether it would work here.

While that while the council and their staff and contractors do a good job in the past clearing main roads they have to concentrate on the major routes and it can take some time for pavements in residential areas to be cleared. This would enable them to be cleared much quicker, help prevent accidents and the associated costs and enable people get on with their lives quicker.



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