Camden council says DIY shovelling scheme is a success
CAMDEN’S ‘big society’ style programme to hand out shovels to residents to do their own gritting has been a success, Town Hall officials claimed today.
More than 1,000 shovels have been given to community groups, businesses and residents under the scheme during the recent blast of wintry weather.
And they have helped keep pathways clear alongside gritting of main walkways.
Environment boss, Cllr Sue Vincent said: “I’m pleased that communities and neighbours are pulling together to help the council as we work to clear and make safe as many footpaths as possible.
“Any residents who would like a snow shovel can contact the council and play their part over what is expected to be a prolonged period of wintry weather”.
You may also want to watch:
The council has also defended the level of professional gritting throughout the borough.
200 staff worked between 5.30am and 10.30pm on Saturday on footpaths, as vehicles targeted priority roads using over 200 tonnes of salt
- 1 Highgate mental illness charity sees 'desperation' rise during Covid year
- 2 Two men charged after police find 'gun, cash and drugs' in Brent Cross flat
- 3 Owner mourns Highgate station’s beloved black cat
- 4 London elections 2021 live: Latest results as they come in
- 5 North London nurses: 1% NHS pay offer is a 'kick in the teeth'
- 6 Police officer suffers leg injury after BMW stopped during 'routine patrol'
- 7 Toilets, the Ponds, Streatery, Nazanin and Palestine
- 8 Arteta asks Arsenal to use 'pain' to punish West Brom
- 9 'Unacceptable' HGV use by developers in Church Row writes off 3 cars
- 10 London Assembly elections: Camden, Barnet and Haringey's candidates
Areas targeted first included stations, roads around hospitals and schools.
In some areas though Camden Council said the grit was ineffective at reducing the icy conditions as the temperatures continued to drop even further.
Shovels are still available from the Regis Road recycling centre between 8am and 3.45pm, Monday to Friday, but only to established groups with four shovels handed to each.
Those eligible are residents associations, business groups, volunteer organisations, friends of parks groups and scouts groups.
What do you think of Camden’s handling of the snow? Let us know by phone on 020-7433 6217 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.