Grants to deal with winter snow

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Town and parish councils are being urged to apply for a share of £5,750 before the cold snap arrives.

West Lindsey District Council is urging communities to adopt a ‘self-help’ approach in case of high levels of snowfall this year.

Grants of up to £250 are being offered to buy equipment such as shovels and torches, or supplies of salt and grit.

Town and parish councils will be able to use these to help clear footpaths and check on vulnerable members of their communities

Chairman of the council’s severe weather resilience group James Nicholson welcomed the news. He said: “Last year, residents experienced the coldest winter in 100 years with temperatures plummeting to -20C.

“Despite our best efforts, the amount of snowfall made it impossible to carry out some bin collections as the roads were too treacherous and many residents were house bound.”

Chairman of the policy and resources committee, Coun Tom Regis, said: “We hope this new fund will offer vital financial support to those councils who are best placed to know where this money should be best spent.

“I would urge councils to apply for a share of the cash as soon as possible to make sure they do not miss out. It will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.”

To apply for a grant please contact Lesley Beevers on 01427 675129.