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Winter is coming, join Bromley’s ‘army of Snow Friends’ to help grit borough’s 500 miles of road

PUBLISHED: 10:11 31 August 2017

Residents are invited to this year's Snow Friends conferrence on September 19

Residents are invited to this year's Snow Friends conferrence on September 19

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Snow Friends groups are set up each year to prepare for the winter weather

Winter may be months away, but a conference for residents to prepare for the snowy weather it may bring takes place in a matter of weeks.

Residents’ associations and community groups are being urged to come to this year’s Snow Friends conference on September 19.

The Snow Friends programme sees Bromley residents come together to help remove the snowfall from smaller roads where the council cannot normally reach.

Environment councillor Colin Smith said “We are ultra-conscious that we have been extremely lucky with mild weathers since the cold snaps back in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but that luck isn’t going to last forever and it is vital that we are all ready for it when that time comes.”

With 500 miles of road, London’s biggest borough already has capacity to store 9,000 tonnes of salt.

Around 280 miles of main road will be treated once temperatures begin to freeze, while pavements in town centres, outside schools and near transport interchanges will also be treated.

“The objective of this year’s conference is to ensure that Bromley’s magnificent army of Snow Friends are all still stocked, manned and positioned to respond to any extreme weather which we might have to endure this winter,” added Cllr Smith.

“Snow Friends have already proved themselves to be invaluable in removing snow from the smaller residential roads which the council simply cannot get to, allowing council crews to concentrate on critical main routes and more heavily used pavements.

“We remain enormously proud of our network of Snow Friends and new volunteers are ever welcome and warmly invited to join our ranks.”

Free salt and snow scoops can be provided to willing volunteers subject to availability.

A council spokesperson added: “Residents considering volunteering as a Snow Friend can be assured that there is no law preventing them from clearing snow and ice from the pavement or pathway outside their property, or from public spaces.

“Snow Friends are advised to be careful and use common sense to ensure that they do not make the pavement or pathway more dangerous than before, but people walking on areas affected by snow and ice also have a responsibility to be careful themselves.”

The 2017 Snow Friends conference takes place in the main council chamber of Bromley Civic Centre on September 19

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