More help to beat the snow

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Hundreds of volunteers have signed up to help their communities during harsh winter weather.

An army of 450 people contacted Sheffield Council to apply to become snow wardens and clear streets in their area when snow and ice hit.

The rise in the number of volunteers – which stood at 67 last year – comes following a city-wide recruitment drive.

While this winter’s wardens will not get bags of grit, they will be equipped with shovels and given basic training.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a great example of Sheffield communities pulling together.

“The fact we have five times more wardens than last year shows what a fantastic city we have with people who are willing to help people in their own communities. We are ready for the snow.”

This year contractors Amey have 25 gritters ready for action and have increased the number of farmers and subcontractors to improve coverage of rural roads.