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500 snow champion kits snapped up by Sandwell residents
1:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Local
FIVE hundred snow clearing kits were claimed by Sandwell residents in just two days of being put on offer by the council.
A band of 6,500 snow champions were already signed up from last winter and will be provided with salt and snow shovels to help clear pavements and driveways in their neighbourhoods.
Council chiefs were stunned when the offer of a further 500 kits was snapped up so quickly and is unable to accept any more applications.
The idea behind the campaign is that snow champions clear pavements to help others get around their neighbourhoods, or use the equipment to clear paths and driveways for elderly or vulnerable people who might slip on snow or ice.
Last year’s snow champions will get a 6kg delivery of salt automatically and do not need to ring the council or re-apply Council leader Councillor Darren Cooper said the campaign had been a great success over the past two winters.
“It never ceases to amaze me how community-spirited the people of Sandwell are. We started the snow champion campaign back in 2011 and it's really taken off since then.”
He added: “I’m keeping an eye on the weather forecast and I’m hearing that if some predictions are to be believed, our snow champions could be very busy this winter.”
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