Keeping the borough safe and open for business
Derbyshire County Council, as the Highway Authority, and the Derbyshire District Councils have established agreed working arrangements to maximise preparations in dealing with future incidents of snow during the winter period.
Chesterfield Borough Council has invested over £70,000 (which includes a contribution of £12,000 from Derbyshire County Council) in equipping its mechanical equipment fleet, including tractors and sweepers to assist the Derbyshire County Council, as Highway Authority, in clearing key pedestrian routes within Chesterfield town centre and some of the neighbourhood shopping centres, to help residents access key services and keep the borough safe and open for business.
Key pedestrian routes will be a priority for snow clearance during the initial 24-to-72-hour period following a significant snowfall.
- Rose Hill, Knifesmithgate, Stephenson Place and Cavendish Street and the associated key transport hubs
- Saltergate, Holywell Street and Corporation Street, linking with the railway station
- Key pedestrian routes serving the Market Place and New Square, including Burlington Street and Low Pavement
- New Beetwell Street and the Coach Station Transport hubs
Neighbourhood shopping centres
- Staveley Town Centre
- Sheffield Road
While every effort will be made to clear a walkable route for pedestrians at these locations, this will be limited to a narrow path generally on one side of the public highway to facilitate access. Progress will be dependent on the severity and duration of snowfall and the availability of resources.
Efforts will also be targeted at a number of strategic off-street car parks to keep facilities open.
Whilst the county and borough councils will work hard to minimise any disruption caused by heavy snow, it is recognised that with limited resources it will not be possible to do everything, and thus the councils want to help communities to help themselves. With this in mind, a pilot snow warden scheme was launched in October 2011, encouraging people who are willing and able to step forward to work as community snow wardens in their local area. Snow wardens will provide an invaluable voluntary service helping to clear pavements.