SOUTHEND Council is urging residents to support their own communities by signing the snow warden’s pledge and commit to grit pavements and driveways.

Free gritting equipment is available to Southend residents who attend Veolia’s central depot in Eastern Avenue on Saturday and sign the snow warden’s pledge.

Snow Wardens provide additional support for residents by using the equipment provided to clear driveways and paths of ice, to help their neighbours and others on the pavement use the walkways safely.

The packs, which include salt grit, snow shovels and high-visibility jackets, will be available for collection from 8am to 12pm at Veolia’s depot .

Veolia staff will be on hand to distribute the supplies to residents, who must bring proof of an address within the borough.

Larissa Reed, executive director for neighbourhoods and environment, said: “The cold weather that is anticipated in the coming months brings with it challenging conditions for residents, particularly elderly and disabled residents, who may struggle with the icy pavements.

“Signing up to become a Snow Warden enables people to provide support for fellow residents and also to work with Veolia staff who are out gritting the main pedestrian and vehicle routes across the borough.”

Snow wardens pledge to use their supplies for the benefit of the wider community, adhere to the council’s advisory information sheet ‘The Snow Code’ and other pledges.

To express an interest in becoming a Snow Warden, or if you are unable to attend on the day but would still like to sign up, call Veolia on 0203 567 6955.