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Snow wardens’ role
Your article “York ‘volunteer force’” (September 26) inadvertently gave the wrong impression of the role of snow wardens and as a result could put off people who otherwise might decide to volunteer.
We do not grit roads and we are not called upon by the council to do the work; we grit and clear pavements only and do as much or as little work as we decide and only in our own localities. By providing us with equipment, advice as to how best to go about the work and the backing of the council’s insurance, we feel able to go beyond what any good neighbour would do in clearing the pavement outside their near neighbours as well as their own.
As snow wardens, my husband and I attempt to clear the pavements of the three roads closest to us so that, at least, children can make it to the local primary school and residents can reach the nearest bus- stop, the post box and the local hairdressers.
Anne Rylatt (snow warden), Caedmon Close, York.
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