A partnership has provided 175 boxes of de-icing salt for paths and driveways to help vulnerable and isolated residents just before Christmas.
The county council and Balfour Beatty Living Places worked together to provide the emergency salt supplies so community groups can help residents in extreme cold weather.
Community organisations in Adur, Arun and Chichester have received the salt, which is for de-icing home driveways and paths (and not suitable for public footpaths). The boxes are then distributed through local networks to support vulnerable residents.
Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Stronger, Safer Communities, said: “Not all residents are able to clear their own paths and driveways so they can get out and about when faced with snow and extreme cold weather.
“Through this excellent initiative, West Sussex County Council’s Partnerships and Communities Team and Balfour Beatty enable community groups to help vulnerable residents avoid isolation in these conditions.
“This can help not just residents but home services, such as carers or meals on wheels, visiting the vulnerable.”
Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Things like this don’t just happen – it takes a lot of hard work and everyone involved in this successful partnership approach deserves praise.”
Steve Phillips, Balfour Beatty Living Places West Sussex Contract Director, said: “Throughout the winter period, Balfour Beatty Living Places undertakes essential winter maintenance activities throughout West Sussex, with the gritting team on stand-by to treat the county’s routes.
“In addition to providing services such as precautionary treatments and snow clearance in extreme weather conditions, we are pleased to be working with West Sussex County Council and community groups to support vulnerable residents over the festive period through the provision of de-icing salt.”
Organisations and community groups involved were:
Adur: Lancing Parish Council
Arun: Wick Information Centre, Littlehampton
Chichester: Midhurst Town Council; Cocking Parish Council; Lodsworth Local Care; Tillington Local Care; Selsey Town Council and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
The de-icing boxes were donated by the AA for the county council to distribute.
Pictured: top row, from left, Julian Quail, Assistant Clerk, Midhurst Town Council, Peter Lawrence, Principal Community Officer, Chichester Partnerships and Communities Team, bottom row, Barry Mordle, Connor Mcphail and Rob Strachan from Balfour Beatty Living Places