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Members of the Newton-in-the-Isle Community Gritting Team sprung into action last week when snow covered their Fenland village. 

Using equipment provided by Cambridgeshire County Council, volunteers cleared pavements and footpaths around the village, making it safer for people to get out and about.

Cllr Dave Gibbs, Chairman of the Parish Council explained “We have many elderly people living in the village and icy pavements are a serious hazard to them and to the wider community.  As part of our Emergency Plan, we identified a need to deal with snow and ice. 

“Working with our colleagues in the County Council’s Highways Division, we were able to find a solution at no cost to the Parish Council, thanks to our team of willing volunteers.”

Cllr Mathew Shuter, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee said: “We really appreciate the volunteers in Newton-in-the-Isle offering their time to help the community by gritting local footways.

“The County Council’s Community Gritting scheme allows people to step in during extended periods of freezing weather to clear routes in their area that are not part of the County Council’s gritting program.”

A training pack is available on the County Council’s website that contains all the information needed to become a fully trained Community Gritting volunteer. In order to complete the registration, interested volunteers will find a form to sign and return to the County Council within the pack.

The pack is available to download here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/gritting-roads-cycleways-and-paths/help-with-gritting-and-clearing-snow/

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Highways team via email on [email protected].

Newton-in-the-Isle Community Gritting Volunteers L to R:- Dave Gibbs, Ian Cornelius, Rod Hepworth, Melanie Holloway, James Buddle, Nigel Wakefield and Roger Moore, Parish Emergency Plan Coordinator

Newton-in-the-Isle Community Gritting Volunteers L to R:- James Buddle, Melanie Holloway, Nigel Wakefield, Rod Hepworth, Ian Cornelius, Dave Gibbs


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