7 October 2015

Additions to this year’s winter maintenance service which is delivered by the Streets Ahead team are set to be given the go ahead by the Council’s Highways Cabinet Committee on the 8th October.
The Committee are expected to ratify the decision that was taken in 2014 to reinstate the previously removed gritting routes, plus accept the decision to remove a number of grit bins that are currently in situ on current priority 2 routes. These grit bins will be relocated to new locations identified off the gritting network to ensure a more even spread of winter service provision in response to customer feedback.

As well as all the winter provisions the council provide, this year, residents and community volunteers are also being called upon to play their part when the wintry weather does hit. A group of community volunteers are helping to coordinate community groups across the city in times of snow and prolonged icy spells.
The volunteer group will receive daily weather updates and when required, will contact all the other groups across the city and help them coordinate themselves to help their communities. These groups will also have access to over 2,000 small grit bags to help them precautionary grit the pavements in residential areas.

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The Streets Ahead team provide a valuable winter service. We have 19 gritters who grit 60% of the city roads plus over 1900 grit bins, 600 snow wardens and 21 staff who are on standby 24 hours a day 7 days a week from October to April.

“This year, we also need the great Sheffield public to play their part. We need them all to prepare themselves for the wintry weather. However, if it does snow then we need the public to help clear pavements of snow and ice in their communities. If everyone who was able to cleared the pavement outside their homes and supported their elderly or vulnerable neighbours then we can all manage better this winter.”

Other changes to this year’s winter maintenance service include providing an extra 100 snow shovels for members of the public to collect. Exploring the opportunity of introducing a gritter tracker online, so residents can see when the gritters are out across the city streets but also see where they are at any particular time.

New details of the winter service will be available via www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter by the end of October. For regular winter updates follow us on Twitter via @sccstreetsahead or sign up to email alerts via www.sheffield.gov.uk