Telford's National Windscreens sponsors borough snow warden scheme.

Bosses at Telford’s leading automotive glazing firm today helped to launch the council’s borough snow warden scheme in a bid to help find 200 volunteers.

National Windscreens has sponsored the Telford & Wrekin Council Neighbourhood Snow Warden by paying for all 200 hi-visibility vests which will be worn by volunteers across the borough as they help to clear the snow.

Volunteers will be armed with snow shovels and  salt to help keep the community moving if bad weather hits the borough.

Council chiefs have launched the scheme to help the local community continue with the day to day routine, meaning less hours lost at work and school, and fewer slips, trips and skids that the winter weather can so often cause.

The Snow Wardens scheme began in the borough last winter and 43 volunteers took up the task of clearing snow and ice in their local area.

This year Telford & Wrekin Council is aiming to increase the number of Neighbourhood Snow Wardens in the borough to 200.

John Smallman and James Morgan, owners of National Windscreens branches in Telford, Oswestry and Wolverhampton, said it was important for them to partner Telford & Wrekin Council in such a scheme.

Mr Smallman said:  “We are working to help people stay on the road and keep people moving by replacing and repairing windscreens and other glazing.

“This snow warden scheme mirrors our objectives as it aims to keep the community moving at times when the poor weather could otherwise disrupt services.

“People will be volunteering their time and it is vital members of the community know that, so we offered to provide 200 high-visibility vests for the Snow Wardens to help keep them safe by being seen.”

Mr Morgan added: “We value the power of community which works together for the benefit of everyone and this is a scheme which demonstrates that.”

Mr Smallman said he decided to back the scheme after his son’s school Lawley Primary School got involved by signing up to the scheme.

“People often moan about schools having to close and pavements not being bad but during times like this it is vital for companies and people within the community to work together.

“If it means people have to spend half an hour clearing the snow together but it means footpaths are safe for people to walk to school or walk then surely that can only be a good thing.”

Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, Employment and Skills, said: “I’d like to express my thanks to National Windscreens for sponsoring Neighbourhood Snow Wardens this year, it’s another great example of the public and private sectors working together in the borough to achieve similar goals.”

As part of their winter campaign National Windscreens on Halesfield 20 in Telford, along with their Oswestry and Wolverhampton branches are offering windscreen chip repairs for £10 plus VAT or £10 off the windscreen replacement excess.


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