Charity calls for more to be done to keep paths clear of snow and ice

A charity is calling on more to be done to clear pavements of snow and ice to prevent older people becoming trapped in their homes.

Tuesday, 6th February 2018, 16:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th February 2018, 18:43 pm
Living Streets is calling on more to be done to help the elderly get out and about in the winter by clearing paths of snow and ice.

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is urging councils, businesses and communities to grit pavements outside homes and on high streets as snow continues to fall across the UK.

Figures show that 62 per cent of councils will be equipping their staff with salt for street cleaners to spread on pavements.

Officials at Living Streets are calling for key pavements and paths to be given the same high priority as key roads and for volunteer teams of ‘Snow Angels’ to clear snow and ice from pavements for neighbours and relatives.

Joe Irvin, chief executive of Living Streets, said: “Each year thousands of people in the UK are admitted to hospital after slipping on ice or snow. This prevents a lot of people from leaving the house during bad weather, which can result in loneliness and all the health problems associated with not being fit and active.

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“We hear a lot about the importance of gritting and making roads safe for drivers, but pavements and walkers are often overlooked.

“This winter, we are urging not only the Government to ensure these people are not forgotten, but are asking everybody to think about their neighbours.”