VIDEO: Doncaster’s plan to keep winter at bay

Residents of Doncaster are being urged to ‘look after each other’ as well as themselves when severe winter weather strikes.

Doncaster Council yesterday launched their Winter Charter to make clear what people can expect and what they will need to do for themselves if the town suffers another harsh winter.

Cllr Pat Knight and Nick Colledge, of the Highways team at the launch of the DMBC Winter Campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cllr Pat Knight and Nick Colledge, of the Highways team at the launch of the DMBC Winter Campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

The theme for 2013-14 is ‘Look after yourself, look after each other’. Doncaster’s Winter Charter suggests what residents can do to be ready for winter, as well as being upfront about what they can expect from the council.

Residents are urged to keep up to date with the weather forecast, make a plan in case of bad weather, leave the car at home in heavy snow or floods if possible, if not allow more time and plan journeys in advance, as well as checking on vulnerable neighbours.

Doncaster Council says it will aim to continue to provide a full range of services, which may be at a reduced level in severe weather, help to keep Doncaster moving by gritting roads, look after those who are identified as vulnerable, provide advice to residents on energy bills and heating their homes, and update their website, facebook and Twitter accounts with information.

But the local authority cannot clear snow and ice from all roads and footpaths, deliver care to residents who have not already been approved through the usual channels, make repairs to the homes of private tenants, and always empty bins when it snows.

Coun Pat Knight, cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “It is really important that people in Doncaster do look after themselves and each other during the cold winter months.

“Keeping warm and healthy will help prevent you becoming unwell. If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour I would urge you to check up on them and perhaps see if they need any help, even if it is just milk or a bread from the shop.”