Swaffham council seeks true grit for voluntary winter programme

Swaffham Town Council Meeting and Mayor Making at the Town Hall'New Mayor Anne Thorp, with Deputy Mayor Paul Darby ANL-150514-080604009

Swaffham Town Council Meeting and Mayor Making at the Town Hall'New Mayor Anne Thorp, with Deputy Mayor Paul Darby ANL-150514-080604009

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Residents in Swaffham are being urged to prepare for the winter ahead by signing up for the town’s volunteer gritting scheme.

Now in its fifth year, the programme sees local people work alongside town council staff to ensure footpaths are kept clear of snow and ice.

An initial meeting will take place next week and officials hope they will secure enough help to cover an even wider area this year.

Town clerk Richard Bishop said: “We know all about our hardcore volunteers who turn out year after year, but imagine what we could achieve if we had just half a dozen willing souls from every street in the town.

“We hope that people don’t get complacent this year, just because we have not seen much snow in the last couple of years.

“We need more volunteers to come forward to help us when the bad weather comes. Come and help us to help you. We have the equipment, all we need is the manpower.”

Although most volunteers work around the town centre, others concentrate on keeping their own estates accessible for pedestrians.

Town mayor Anne Thorp, who has also served as a gritting volunteer, said the work was a major benefit to the community.

She said: “We can’t get to all the places that we would like to, but every year our volunteers turn up and do their best and that is all we can expect, as they work really hard.

“It makes all the difference if we all do even just a little bit to help our shops in the Town Centre, making it easier for people to get around the town.”

Would-be volunteers are invited to attend a re-launch meeting at the town hall next Thursday, November 26, at 6pm.

For more information, phone the town council on 01760 722922 or email enquiries@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.