Volunteers needed to help clear snow in Bearsden and Milngavie

EN PICS.''DIGGING SNOW ON FOOTPATH.'     PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

EN PICS.''DIGGING SNOW ON FOOTPATH.' PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

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LOCALS are being invited to become ‘snow wardens’ to help in their communities during severe winter weather.

East Dunbartonshire Council is developing a Snow Wardens community self help initiative.

The scheme would see volunteers trained to take responsibility for clearing snow and gritting pavements in their areas.

The last two winters has seen heavy snow hit the area. The council’s focus is on the major routes, which sometimes means smaller communities don’t receive as much help as they would like.

Community councils or other established community groups can join the Snow Warden scheme.

Derek Cunningham, the council’s director of development and infrastructure, said: “Learning from the experience of other councils we are hoping to introduce a Snow Wardens community self help initiative in East Dunbartonshire.

“East Dunbartonshire has one of the most extensive winter programmes in Scotland, with our crews gritting and clearing 68 per cent of the roads network.

“We target our resources on a priority basis so smaller roads and paths may not be treated as quickly as residents would like in periods of severe or extended adverse conditions.

“The idea is for residents to volunteer to work with the council to help us get people and traffic moving as quickly as possible at a local level on roads and paths when we need support.”