New plea issued for Swaffham gritting plan volunteers

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402160040
The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402160040
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Community leaders in Swaffham have admitted they are concerned by the slow public response to calls for help with the town’s gritting programme so far this winter.

Only four residents attended a meeting about the scheme, which is organised by the town council, last Thursday.

Although several other people have also given their support to the programme, officials have renewed their appeals for more residents to get involved, regardless of their circumstances.

Town clerk Richard Bishop said: “If people have only got half an hour to give, we’re very happy to accept that help.”

The scheme is designed to keep the area of the town centre within the 20 mile per hour zone clear of ice and snow, in order to make the area as safe as possible for pedestrians.

Residents can also help keep their areas clear, but have to sign up to the council’s programme so they can be trained in how to ensure ice is cleared properly and are covered by the authority’s public liability insurance.

Mr Bishop admitted the scheme may be suffering from a degree of complacency brought on by recent mild winters.

But he added: “We are concerned that our hard core of people who do it is just going down and down each year.

Anyone interested in taking part in the programme should contact the town council on 01760 722922.