Cumbria County Council is responsible for maintaining nearly 5,000 miles of public highways in Cumbria. There's no law to prevent you from clearing snow and ice on the pavements outside your property or public spaces. Some people will prefer to continue to do their own clearing without involving the county council, but the Snow Champions scheme allows the county council to have a record of which areas are being cleared and also helps people to be provided with the right equipment and guidance on how and when to clear footways. The provision of such assistance is on an entirely voluntary basis. There is no contractual relationship between Cumbria County Council and volunteers.
Cumbria is looking to recruit 300 Snow Champions - approximately 50 in each of the county's six districts. Anyone clearing footways of snow or ice should be careful, use common sense and not do anything which would make the footway more dangerous than before or cause harm or distress to others.
"I do it for the sense of community. People often talk about helping others, but not many actually get involved." Jayne, Snow Champion, Penrith
Jayne became a snow champion because many of her neighbours are older people in sheltered housing and can struggle to walk to the local shop in severe winter conditions. She keeps around 200 metres of footways near her house clear of snow and ice. We gave Jayne a snow shovel, protective clothing and salt to spread. You should give her a pat on the back.
Personal safety measures:
Are you fit-to-participate?
Please be aware that the type of work you are volunteering to do can often be physically demanding and tiring. For this reason we would strongly advise that you ask yourself whether you are physically capable of carrying out the work involved before signing the form overleaf.
If you are pregnant or have any pre-existing health problems, eg angina, back pain etc or you are not sure whether you are fit enough to carry out the work involved, then you should seek advice from your GP before you agree to become a Snow Champion.
Your Personal Details:
You will need to contact Cumbria County Council on 0845 6096609 before completing an application form to discuss the location you would like to operate in.
If you'd like to hear more about becoming a snow champion to help keep your local footways safe
for others, then contact Cumbria County Council on 0845 6096609