Residents and council dig in to tackle snow

Following the heaviest snow fall in London for 40 years, residents have shown their community spirit by helping the council keep footpaths clear.


To complement Camden Council’s winter maintenance programme during the adverse weather over 1,000 snow shovels have been distributed to community groups, businesses and residents.

Derek Nesbitt, Chair of the Churchway tenants and residents association said:

“By providing us with snow shovels the council has empowered local people and the community during the cold weather. This innovative scheme means that young and old can pitch in and make a real difference in their own areas.”
On Saturday, over 12 centimetres of snow fell in Camden and up to 200 staff from Veolia worked from 5.30 a.m. until 10.30 p.m. clearing snow from footpaths as gritting vehicles targeted priority routes.

Key transport hubs, main roads, routes to hospitals and areas around schools have been gritted and will continue to receive attention over coming days.  

Over 200 tonnes of salt have been used since Thursday, however due to the amount of snow that fell, combined with the extremely low temperatures sometimes as low as minus nine degrees Celsius spreading salt became ineffective in some parts of the borough.

Councillor Sue Vincent, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“Camden has seen some of the most extreme weather for a generation – and I understand more is on its way.   I’m pleased that communities and neighbours are pulling together to help the council as we work to clear and make safe as many footpaths as possible.

“Any residents who would like a snow shovel can contact the council and play their part over what is expected to be a prolonged period of wintry weather”

“While the amount of snow and bitterly cold temperatures present significant problems, gritting crews and staff from Veolia have worked their socks off to keep priority roads open.”


Priority routes will continue to be gritted by the council. Details of our gritting routes and how services may have been affected can be found at:

http://camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/transport-and-streets/clean-streets/winter/winter-weather.en


If you or someone you know would like a snow shovel, you can pick up one in person from the reception area at Regis Road recycling and reuse centre, Kentish Town, London NW5 3EW from Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 3.45 p.m.

A maximum of four shovels per group are allowed.

Notes for editors

1, On Saturday 18 December up to 12 centimetres of snow fell in the North of Camden with up to 6cm falling in central and South Camden.

2, Due to the extreme low temperatures salt distribution rates have been increased to 40 grams per square metre as the effectiveness of standard salting decreases.

3, Parks and open spaces in Camden were opened and remain open for use by residents and visitors to the borough.

4, Local groups eligible for a shovel include:

Community groups

Community centre based volunteer groups, Scout troops Cadet force groups Tenant and resident associations Friends of parks groups Local resident groups Local business groups Volunteer organisations Training and development organisations

5, Two types of snow shovel are available free of charge from the council, one with a plastic head while the second has a metal scoop.

6, Apprentices working for the Council’s housing contractors Apollo will start to clear snow from housing estates at Webheath in Kilburn and at Belsize Lane using snow shovels from 21 December.





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