They had taken advantage of Thurrock Council’s offer to provide small “grit bins” for community groups to salt their roads when the snow came.
It was back in September that environment portfolio holder Cllr Val Morris-Cook said: “We have listened to the concerns local people and this year we want to work with community groups to help them to clear the areas they represent.
“The council can only do so much itself, but wants to make it easier for communities to help themselves — that is why I am encouraging all community groups to get involved and bid for their own winter maintenance kit – salt bins for their own neighbourhood.”
And on Saturday (17 March) she visited one of the people who asked for a bin, Kay Ravenhill, of Oakley Close, West Thurrock.
Looking back to February, Kay said: “It started snowing heavily on the Saturday and the Neighbourhood Watch group got together with ‘high-viz’ jackets and some shovels and did the road.
“We all had some fun and it worked well. Luckily we’re not far from London Road and that was gritted by the council.”
She added that she approached her local community forum — the West Thurrock and South Stifford People’s Forum — for some advice and help about such things as public liability insurance
Cllr Morris-Cook said: “I’d like to thank Kay, her group and all the other groups who took up the offer, they showed great civic leadership.
“The council simply cannot put grit and salt down on every inch of every road in the borough and it has to concentrate its efforts on the main busy routes, but it can also help people to help themselves and that’s what we’ve done here.”
She added: “I want the council to learn from this pilot and for people to let us know any concerns or suggestions they may have.”