In December 2010 a group of community volunteers in Saltaire formed into a ‘snow clearing team’ on an informal basis. With support and resources from the Council’s Neighbourhood Service and Street Scene, they helped to clear areas within the village.
Following the success of this first winter, in 2011 a pilot scheme to introduce ‘Snow Teams’ within Bradford district was introduced.
In partnership with the Council, snow wardens were initially provided with equipment, such as rock salt, snow shovels and high visibility vests, and teams were developed to carry out winter treatment of public roads and footpaths and to clear snow and grit around community facilities rather than on their own streets.
The scheme was promoted through the Council website and social media. Since the introduction of the scheme the numbers of snow wardens in the Shipley constituency has increased from nine in 2012 to 93 in 2015 and around 70 groups across the district have been provided with resources.
Resources and guidance are provided before the start of the winter season and further rock salt supplies are provided in severe weather, once all the Council’s priority routes have been dealt with.
The snow team scheme supplements the Council’s gritting programme, enabling communities to provide an enhanced service over and above that provided by the local authority.
This self help scheme has brought local people together for a common goal, providing community benefit at minimal cost.
It is estimated that over 50% of those signed up to be snow wardens have also volunteered for other projects and schemes in their community.
To find out whether there’s an existing Snow Team group near you, or to find out how to set up a new group in your neighbourhood, contact your local Area Co-ordinator’s Office: