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SNOW: Volunteers wanted to clear snow

The council has called on people to show community spirit and help out in the severe weather.

This could be clearing snow and ice, checking on a neighbour or taking a friend’s rubbish to collection points.

Crawley Borough Council is looking for volunteers to help us clear snow in the areas where the gritters can’t go.

If you are interested contact Ruth Growney on 01293 438926 or Kathryn Ripley on 01293 438633.

West Sussex County Council is responsible for roads, highways and paths in Crawley and will grit roads where it can during severe weather.

Crawley Borough Council will assist with local road and path clearing when there is snow.

Bags of salt and grit will be placed in priority locations across the town.

The main priority locations are access to the council’s three depots at Metcalf Way, County Oak and Tilgate Park, so staff can get out to help, then the ambulance, police and fire stations as well as Crawley Hospital.

Snow and freezing temperatures can disrupt refuse and recycling collections.

If waste and recycling collection vehicles are unable to drive down residential roads for several days the council may set up alternative rubbish collection points. Council staff and refuse contractors will concentrate on clearing roads so that collections can start again.

If you are clearing snow, it’s easier to do it when it’s fresh, according the the council It can be swept, shovelled or raked, ideally on to grass areas or along the kerb.

If possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath.

You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

If you are clearing ice you will need a shovel and some salt, sand or grit. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt – a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work.

West Sussex County Council has advised people to only use salt found in salting bins and Hippo bags to treat roads and pavements in the areas they are situated.

Don’t use water or other liquids – this could cause more treacherous black ice.

If you are out and about please send us your pictures to crawleyobserver@sussexnewspapers.co.uk.

You can also follow the Observer on Twitter @Crawley_Obby get live updates from #obbysnow or find us on Facebook.

 

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