Can you commit to grit?

Published Wednesday, 11th December 2019

Woman blowing snow from hands.

The council is looking for local residents to support their own communities by signing the Snow Warden’s pledge and commit to grit local pavements and driveways.

Free gritting equipment is available to Southend residents who attend Veolia’s central depot on Eastern Avenue on Saturday 14 December and sign the Snow Warden’s pledge.

Snow Wardens provide additional support for local residents by using the equipment provided to clear driveways and paths of ice, to help their neighbours and others on the   pavement use the walkways safely.

The packs, which include salt grit, snow shovels and high-visibility jackets, will be available for collection from 8am to 12pm at Veolia’s depot in Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5QX. Veolia staff will be on hand to distribute the supplies to residents, who must bring proof of an address within the borough. Existing Snow Wardens can also come down and refill their stock.

Larissa Reed, executive director for neighbourhoods and environment, said: “The cold weather that is anticipated in the coming months brings with it challenging conditions for residents, particularly elderly and disabled residents, who may struggle with the icy pavements.

“Signing up to become a Snow Warden enables people to provide support for fellow residents and also to work withVeolia staff who are out gritting the main pedestrian and vehicle routes across the borough.”

Snow wardens pledge to:

  • use their supplies for the benefit of the wider community
  • adhere to the council’s advisory information sheet ‘The Snow Code’
  • provide their email address to receive council updates and provide confirmation of community activity they have undertaken
  • check and report on local salt grit bins that need refilling

To express an interest in becoming a Snow Warden, or if you are unable to attend on the day but would still like to sign up, please call Veolia on 0203 567 6955 or email Veolia.

For further information and a map of grit bins in the borough, you can visit our Gritting page.