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Beckenham boys' school to help with snow clearing

PUBLISHED: 11:23 13 December 2011

Langley Park Boys School pupils with councillor Colin Smith and head teacher Rob Northcott (right)

Langley Park Boys School pupils with councillor Colin Smith and head teacher Rob Northcott (right)

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An army of more than 3,000 volunteers will help keep the borough's roads clear this winter as part of the 'snow friends' scheme.

Students at Langley Park Boys School, in South Eden Park Road, Beckenham, are the members to sign up to the initiative.

The news follows a recruitment drive last winter which saw over 1000 snow shovels and bags of salt given to residents with further supplies being delivered for this winter.

The helpers will work with Bromley Council’s existing gritting and snow clearing crews.

Langley Park Boys School head teacher Rob Northcott, said: “We were proud of the feedback we received when our boys helped stranded motorists in the wintry weather.

“Generally, our experience is that young people want to help and be usefully involved in wider society.

“Our challenge is to find opportunities where this can happen and when the school is closed, our pupils will be able to enjoy the weather experience and lend their support where it is needed. This scheme has real potential this winter and in future years.”

The council is stock-piling 9,000 tonnes of salt for its gritting fleet which could have to service up to 500 miles of road.

Councillor Colin Smith, for environment, said: “As an ex Langley Park boy myself, I’m particularly pleased and extremely impressed by what Mr Northcott and his boys have agreed to take on.

“This is real, quality citizenship behaviour of the highest order and I am hopeful that other schools might come to see how this could work for them too.

“If the borough is hit with an extensive bout of snow this winter, pupils will be helping clear snow from targeted areas such as day care centres.

“There obviously remains a limit to what can be done in extreme conditions, but by working together like this, and utilizing the fantastic untapped energy and resource of our willing young adults, we can definitely make further strides forward for the benefit of all.”

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