Thousands of snow friends have made a winter weather project such a success it is being suggested to the government for use all over the UK.
Bromley Council’s scheme to keep streets clear during snowy weather attracted thousands of volunteers who have given it a massive thumbs-up.
A total of 177 Snow Friend resident groups were formed during the winter, with around 3,000 members. The council supplied the groups with 2,500 snow scoops, 1,600 shovels and bags of salt to clear roads that were not on the main gritting routes.
Councillor Colin Smith, executive councillor for environment, said: “When you empower residents, our experience shows that they respond and rise magnificently to the challenge and our sincere thanks go to everyone who has stood with us during the roll out of this programme.
“We are now at the early stages of planning our response for next winter and ironically, we will be talking to Snow Friends and others over the summer months, holding another summer conference to spread the word and share lessons learnt.
“There is genuine potential to look at a national scheme so that we can travel more easily when the wintry conditions strike and we will be talking to the government about this.”
When snow is forecast, Snow Friends co-coordinators are sent an e-mail alert of the potential weather conditions, giving time for groups to get ready and organised for snow clearance.
Schools are now joining the initiative, with Langley Park Boys school agreeing to be the first to sign up.
She added: “I realised life is short and I desperately wanted to make more of it.”