With this coming winter forecast to be a frigid and fluxed one, councils in Wales, UK are considering a proposal to allow members of the public to become voluntary “snow wardens”.
The idea was raised through a notice of motion from the Plaid Cymru group at the latest full council meeting after the local authority revealed it has already been forced to put an extra £386,000 into its winter maintenance budget this year, after the ‘Beast from the East’ brought such disruption and heavy snow back in Feb/Mar.
Almost all UK councils had to up their budgets to deal with the beast.
Redcar and Cleveland Council put in £420,000 to keep services running during the cold spell of late February and early March — £133,000 more than in 2016/17.
While neighbouring Middlesbrough Council put £348,000 into gritting and its winter maintenance programme during the freezing weather — up from £229,000 in 2016/17.
Plaid council leader Andrew Morgan said the local authority has recently acquired a number of 4×4 gritters. He hopes the ‘snow warden’ motion isn’t voted down, suggesting it be referred it to the public services scrutiny committee.
Councillor Jarman added: “It should go to scrutiny as soon as possible so the effects of winter can be catered for.”