True grit shown: Sheffielders praised for digging in to get city moving

A very wintery Abbey Lane
A very wintery Abbey Lane
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VOLUNTEERS who battled to keep roads and paths across Sheffield clear of snow and ice have been praised for their work.

The city’s 100-strong team of snow wardens are provided with salt and shovels by Sheffield Council and are asked to put down grit in the areas surrounding their homes.

They are encouraged to clear smaller side roads which would not usually be treated.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment and transport, said the 96 wardens deserved a huge thank you for their efforts.

“We believe it is right to do whatever it takes to ensure the city’s roads are kept open during severe weather, to help the economy and for public safety.

“We have 96 wardens who volunteered to get out and help their community in adverse weather, all fully trained and kitted out, and who were ready to go when they needed to.”

Richard Pardy, aged 32, of Loxley View Road, Crookes, is among volunteer snow wardens.

The married father-of-one, an engineer with Rotherham Council, said: “I took pre-emptive action on Friday night and gritted footpaths. I was able to do my street and a couple of the surrounding ones because they have given me a gritting wheelbarrow. I cleared two tyre tracks along my street on Sunday.”

Richard, who was out again last night gritting pavements, added: “I think the scheme’s a good idea because our street wouldn’t normally be gritted.”

Coun Bramall said: “Staff from the council’s Street Force team have been working through the nights to keep Sheffield on the move and I’d like to thank them and all the volunteers within our communities for all their hard work.”

A council spokesman said: “Further snowfalls of any significance are very unlikely during the next few days, but temperatures will stay close to zero during the day and fall to -4C during the night.

“Salt spreading will continue overnight on the precautionary route network and we will continue to treat footways and deal with individual requests to clear side roads during the day.”

Commuters faced chaos as the snow turned to ice, leaving many roads treacherous yesterday.

The A61 Dronfield Bypass was closed by police yesterday from the Bowshaw roundabout to Whittington Moor, after two crashes within 20 minutes.

Two vehicles collided at 4.15am on the northbound side, with the second at 4.35am on the other side.

In Sheffield, Riverdale Road, Ranmoor, was closed because of ‘sheet ice and dangerous driving conditions’ and Cottenham road, Rotherham, was shut after a 15-tonne lorry got stuck on ice, blocking the road.

Schools across Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster boroughs remained open, although Penistone Grammar School was closed, by an electrical failure.

brought on by the snow.