Community spirit needed to launch village grit scheme

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A Great Cornard resident is calling on community-minded villagers to help with a volunteer grit scheme.

Tony Harman, from Kempson Drive, is keen to set up the initiative in a bid to prevent roads and pavements becoming treacherous in wintry conditions.

“Winter is coming and with the snow and ice, walking and driving can be difficult,” said Mr Harman, who runs D B Security Locksmiths in Hamilton Road, Sudbury.

“However, these conditions can be improved with the addition of a little community spirit through the input of grit volunteers.”

Mr Harman said he wanted villagers to follow the example of their neighbours in Sudbury, where a successful volunteer scheme has been running for three years.

Sudbury Town Council called upon residents to help out gritting streets in bad weather after Suffolk County Council altered its insurance policy to provide cover for those clearing ice and snow.

More than 700 people have signed up to be a volunteer gritter in the town and the scheme has been rolled out to other areas.

“It seems that to date Great Cornard has missed out on this great free membership scheme,” said Mr Harman.

“I am happy to set it up and liaise with potential volunteers to let them know what is required.”

Great Cornard currently has around 10 grit bins but Mr Harman said he would seek funding for more if necessary as well as basic equipment.

He added that it was believed the scheme would require little maintenance and he would support any new groups.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email gritting@cornard.info or call 01787 373212.