Councillors join York’s snow warden scheme

York Press: Councillors join York’s snow warden scheme Councillors join York’s snow warden scheme

THREE York councillors have signed up to be part of the city’s team of snow wardens following cuts to its winter gritting network.

Chris Steward, George Barton and Paul Doughty, who represent the Rural West York, Wheldrake and Strensall wards respectively, have completed their training to be part of a squad of volunteers who clear away snow during bad weather, through a scheme set up by City of York Council.

The Conservative councillors said they decided to become wardens after the city’s winter gritting budget was reduced by £60,000, with Coun Doughty said: “I have been critical of the downgrading of gritting on a host of routes and removal of many salt bins, so I decided I should put my money where my mouth is.”

Coun Steward said he feared the gritting cuts would have “a very serious impact” on elderly and vulnerable people.

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8:16am Mon 16 Dec 13

Shouter says...

Good for these chaps. Now let's see some Labour and Lib Dem councillors sign up!
Good for these chaps. Now let's see some Labour and Lib Dem councillors sign up! Shouter

8:24am Mon 16 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

Snow news is good news !
Snow news is good news ! smudge2

8:26am Mon 16 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.
It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point. Buzzz Light-year

8:27am Mon 16 Dec 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Three councillors sign up to be snow wardens after watching the long term weather forecast and discover it's odds on that it won't be snowing anytime soon.
Pessimistic, me? .......nah.
Three councillors sign up to be snow wardens after watching the long term weather forecast and discover it's odds on that it won't be snowing anytime soon. Pessimistic, me? .......nah. NoNewsIsGoodNews

8:41am Mon 16 Dec 13

Micklegate says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.
Surely it can be both? They and the Lib Dems have opposed the council cutting salt bins and road grit, it's great to see the Conservatives doing something about it. I for one don't begrudge them their 'day in the paper' as we sure as hell won't remember them ever morning or night they go out putting the grit out. Good on them and it's also a great way to highlight the scheme and get MORE people to sign up to keep the pavements sage that Labour are cutting back on.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.[/p][/quote]Surely it can be both? They and the Lib Dems have opposed the council cutting salt bins and road grit, it's great to see the Conservatives doing something about it. I for one don't begrudge them their 'day in the paper' as we sure as hell won't remember them ever morning or night they go out putting the grit out. Good on them and it's also a great way to highlight the scheme and get MORE people to sign up to keep the pavements sage that Labour are cutting back on. Micklegate

8:46am Mon 16 Dec 13

nearlyman says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.
At least THEY are doing it .................
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.[/p][/quote]At least THEY are doing it ................. nearlyman

8:48am Mon 16 Dec 13

chelk says...

No sign of Alexander, Merrett or Tracy whatever she is called joining
No sign of Alexander, Merrett or Tracy whatever she is called joining chelk

8:52am Mon 16 Dec 13

Madasanibbotson says...

chelk wrote:
No sign of Alexander, Merrett or Tracy whatever she is called joining
If we get Snow then you can be sure that Jimmy and Co will have a photo in the press, with Jimmy claiming he has saved York.
Can't believe that he hasn't appeared as Santa yet claiming he invented him.
(He has the figure for it but I can't see him doing a Ho Ho Ho with a smile).

Jimmy if you do intend to be Santa please leave Merrett at home he will scare the kids.
[quote][p][bold]chelk[/bold] wrote: No sign of Alexander, Merrett or Tracy whatever she is called joining[/p][/quote]If we get Snow then you can be sure that Jimmy and Co will have a photo in the press, with Jimmy claiming he has saved York. Can't believe that he hasn't appeared as Santa yet claiming he invented him. (He has the figure for it but I can't see him doing a Ho Ho Ho with a smile). Jimmy if you do intend to be Santa please leave Merrett at home he will scare the kids. Madasanibbotson

9:24am Mon 16 Dec 13

The Great Buda says...

Micklegate wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.
Surely it can be both? They and the Lib Dems have opposed the council cutting salt bins and road grit, it's great to see the Conservatives doing something about it. I for one don't begrudge them their 'day in the paper' as we sure as hell won't remember them ever morning or night they go out putting the grit out. Good on them and it's also a great way to highlight the scheme and get MORE people to sign up to keep the pavements sage that Labour are cutting back on.
They say they are doing it.

Cllr Steward said he'd visit a foodbank and see how bad things where for himself.

That went very quite very quickly....
[quote][p][bold]Micklegate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.[/p][/quote]Surely it can be both? They and the Lib Dems have opposed the council cutting salt bins and road grit, it's great to see the Conservatives doing something about it. I for one don't begrudge them their 'day in the paper' as we sure as hell won't remember them ever morning or night they go out putting the grit out. Good on them and it's also a great way to highlight the scheme and get MORE people to sign up to keep the pavements sage that Labour are cutting back on.[/p][/quote]They say they are doing it. Cllr Steward said he'd visit a foodbank and see how bad things where for himself. That went very quite very quickly.... The Great Buda

9:33am Mon 16 Dec 13

Oaklands Resident says...

I've seen LibDem Councillors clearing snow in the past and Green Councillors have also been photographed on snow warden duties.

Key is for residents to clear the public footpath in front of their own homes, although not everyone is physically able to do so.

Snow wardens have grit *(salt) delivered to them so why the Council can't simply continue to fill the bins that are out on the streets I don't know.

But full marks to the guy from Wheldrake. He has quite a task. His ward must cover about 20 square miles!
I've seen LibDem Councillors clearing snow in the past and Green Councillors have also been photographed on snow warden duties. Key is for residents to clear the public footpath in front of their own homes, although not everyone is physically able to do so. Snow wardens have grit *(salt) delivered to them so why the Council can't simply continue to fill the bins that are out on the streets I don't know. But full marks to the guy from Wheldrake. He has quite a task. His ward must cover about 20 square miles! Oaklands Resident

9:44am Mon 16 Dec 13

Oaklands Resident says...

....and the Council has published a map of each ward showing the areas covered by volunteer snow wardens.

http://tinyurl.com/s
now-warden-Dec

It will tell you whether your Councillor has volunteered to help.
....and the Council has published a map of each ward showing the areas covered by volunteer snow wardens. http://tinyurl.com/s now-warden-Dec It will tell you whether your Councillor has volunteered to help. Oaklands Resident

10:27am Mon 16 Dec 13

Oyy you says...

Completed their training.......ha...
.....sounds about right............
Completed their training.......ha... .....sounds about right............ Oyy you

11:25am Mon 16 Dec 13

meme says...

at least they are making the right gestures so we should not complain
at least they are making the right gestures so we should not complain meme

12:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

YSTClinguist says...

Government make cuts and expect people to work for free....

There was already a massive network of volunteers and big society's was a mockery of what was already in place.

It makes more sense every time the government make more ideologically decided more cuts to reduce volunteering, not increase it.

Go look after your own family, let the families of others look after them. Where the vulnerable gave no family, well, that's where the government will be faced with the human cost.
Government make cuts and expect people to work for free.... There was already a massive network of volunteers and big society's was a mockery of what was already in place. It makes more sense every time the government make more ideologically decided more cuts to reduce volunteering, not increase it. Go look after your own family, let the families of others look after them. Where the vulnerable gave no family, well, that's where the government will be faced with the human cost. YSTClinguist

12:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

Sillybillies wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.
And your grounds for making this allegation are? Another of your smears I note.
I would imagine it is because they would have just got on and done it if it were for the right reasons instead of having an article in the Press telling everyone about it.

How much training would be needed to clear snow?
[quote][p][bold]Sillybillies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.[/p][/quote]And your grounds for making this allegation are? Another of your smears I note.[/p][/quote]I would imagine it is because they would have just got on and done it if it were for the right reasons instead of having an article in the Press telling everyone about it. How much training would be needed to clear snow? Big Bad Wolf

1:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

again says...

Any bankers signed up? Or would they demand a bonus if it snowed?
Any bankers signed up? Or would they demand a bonus if it snowed? again

2:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Dave Taylor says...

A Green Party initiative from 2011. Pleased the Tories are catching up finally. ;)

http://york.greenpar
ty.org.uk/news/11/sn
ow-warden-plan-launc
hed-for-york.html
A Green Party initiative from 2011. Pleased the Tories are catching up finally. ;) http://york.greenpar ty.org.uk/news/11/sn ow-warden-plan-launc hed-for-york.html Dave Taylor

4:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

spiritofyork says...

can't wait for 2015 when we finally have a conservative/UKIP council and finally say goodbye to these socilsts once and for all. you are obsolete in north yorkshire! Good bye and good riddance.
can't wait for 2015 when we finally have a conservative/UKIP council and finally say goodbye to these socilsts once and for all. you are obsolete in north yorkshire! Good bye and good riddance. spiritofyork

6:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Hooray for the hall monitor!
Hooray for the hall monitor! Buzzz Light-year

7:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

If you had pretty "Ice" road signs, like us lot who use Garrowby Lane near Bishop Wilton, you wouldn't need "snow wardens" .
If you had pretty "Ice" road signs, like us lot who use Garrowby Lane near Bishop Wilton, you wouldn't need "snow wardens" . Garrowby Turnoff

7:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

inthesticks says...

Snow Wardens- or what we used to call them in the 1970`s - Neighbours.
Snow Wardens- or what we used to call them in the 1970`s - Neighbours. inthesticks

7:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

So where's the big story - "Non-councillors with no affilliations and no point to make join snow warden scheme?"

Exactly.
So where's the big story - "Non-councillors with no affilliations and no point to make join snow warden scheme?" Exactly. Buzzz Light-year

9:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mookie2 says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.
Surely "it" can be for all the reasons you mention? I guess we will see when it snows. If "they" are out there with their shovels then they have my full respect.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It would be more commendable if they were doing it out of a sense of duty and respect to their fellows and not to make a political point.[/p][/quote]Surely "it" can be for all the reasons you mention? I guess we will see when it snows. If "they" are out there with their shovels then they have my full respect. Mookie2

2:28am Tue 17 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
I've seen LibDem Councillors clearing snow in the past and Green Councillors have also been photographed on snow warden duties.

Key is for residents to clear the public footpath in front of their own homes, although not everyone is physically able to do so.

Snow wardens have grit *(salt) delivered to them so why the Council can't simply continue to fill the bins that are out on the streets I don't know.

But full marks to the guy from Wheldrake. He has quite a task. His ward must cover about 20 square miles!
Would a sit-on lawnmower double up as a snowblower??
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: I've seen LibDem Councillors clearing snow in the past and Green Councillors have also been photographed on snow warden duties. Key is for residents to clear the public footpath in front of their own homes, although not everyone is physically able to do so. Snow wardens have grit *(salt) delivered to them so why the Council can't simply continue to fill the bins that are out on the streets I don't know. But full marks to the guy from Wheldrake. He has quite a task. His ward must cover about 20 square miles![/p][/quote]Would a sit-on lawnmower double up as a snowblower?? Magicman!

2:33am Tue 17 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

inthesticks wrote:
Snow Wardens- or what we used to call them in the 1970`s - Neighbours.
Exactly.
In the past I've cleared paths for a section of my street, but needed to refil on grit. When I got to the salt bin and started filling up, some busybody woman came out and started complaining that I was taking the grit when it was there just for the people on that corner. Firstly, it's not like she was using it! and secondly, what was she doing to help her community? Because all I could see was her bit**ing about at somebody was doing something to help out!
Just goes to show what modern society has turned into. Don't help out, but critisise those who do.
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Snow Wardens- or what we used to call them in the 1970`s - Neighbours.[/p][/quote]Exactly. In the past I've cleared paths for a section of my street, but needed to refil on grit. When I got to the salt bin and started filling up, some busybody woman came out and started complaining that I was taking the grit when it was there just for the people on that corner. Firstly, it's not like she was using it! and secondly, what was she doing to help her community? Because all I could see was her bit**ing about at somebody was doing something to help out! Just goes to show what modern society has turned into. Don't help out, but critisise those who do. Magicman!

1:36pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

chelk wrote:
No sign of Alexander, Merrett or Tracy whatever she is called joining
Best out of sight, out of mind, and..... OUT OF YORK !

Vote Labour, Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett out of York in 2015 !
[quote][p][bold]chelk[/bold] wrote: No sign of Alexander, Merrett or Tracy whatever she is called joining[/p][/quote]Best out of sight, out of mind, and..... OUT OF YORK ! Vote Labour, Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett out of York in 2015 ! Rocking Horse

1:43pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

STOP PRESS !

Alexander has just announced the York Labour sledge - it goes downhill fast !
STOP PRESS ! Alexander has just announced the York Labour sledge - it goes downhill fast ! Rocking Horse

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