OK, folks. Snowtime has finally arrived.
When the weather is like it is now, with thick snow covering the pavements and turning to icy lumps, please don’t wait for ‘someone to do something.’ Get out your shovels and clear any bits of pavement you know will be dangerous – particularly for your elderly neighbours – before the snow becomes ice. I’ve made sure there’s a grit bin anywhere anyone has asked for one (funded from my Locality budget), so grit as well as shovel and there won’t be any extra broken hips and wrists this year.
This morning I spent four hours shovelling and gritting a path up California, across the Ipswich Road and down the Ipswich Road footway to the John Grose garage (my pedometer made this 3.5km of paths shovelled). Huge thanks is due to the three volunteers who helped me. By tomorrow morning these routes would have been ice.
Oh, and by the way – don’t listen to anyone telling you they can’t clear and grit because they are are ‘afraid of being sued’. This is a common story but I have yet to discover anyone who has ever been sued!
A lawyer tells me that anyone ungrateful enough to sue someone who cleared the footway would have to prove they intended to harm people by clearing the snow!
If you are very anxious read Directgov’s formal advice here, but don’t make an excuse to stop yourself helping others. If you are fit enough to help people who are not, please do so.
(Update: in fact today, Monday, a man waiting at the bus stop by the Duke of York kindly used my spare spade to help clear the bus stop area. The only thing that stops people helping out is a lack of will!)
Remember, one day we will be the ones relying on other people to help us out a bit.