Although we are now only just coming towards Autumn, West Bergholt Parish Council have been hard at work developing a ‘Severe Weather Policy’ in anticipation of a return of last winter’s dire weather. The policy has been formulated with the intention of mitigating the hazardous effects of snow and ice that occurred in key areas last winter.
Priority areas have been identified as follows:-
- School and Heath Land approach paths.
- Orpen Hall area paths
- Shop approaches
- Bus stop areas
- Unpaved roads
- Doctors Surgery approach paths
The Parish Council is investigating the number of grit/salt bins in the village and identifying areas where we may need more.
Clearing equipment will be required e.g. snow clearing boards/shovels, gritters, safety cones, high visibility jackets, safety gloves. Essex County Highways department and Colchester Borough Council will be contacted regarding support for this policy and supply of equipment.
If we are to mitigate the hazardous effects of winter weather we will need volunteers from village residents to set up teams to put plans into action when necessary. If you are able and prepared to help with implementing this policy we would be pleased to hear from you, particularly if you live in the vicinity of the priority areas listed above.
Please contact:- David Short, Chairman of Environment Committee, Parish Council. Tel: 241715 or the Parish Clerk by email – [email protected]
Meanwhile let us hope for some sunny weather before we need to put severe weather plans into action.