Labour councillors in Rotherham were out helping in their local communities as the snow and cold weather hit the borough last week. Like most of the UK, Rotherham endured a number of days of heavy snow, cold wind and freezing conditions as the country was hit by the recent storm in what was dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’. Labour councillors in Rawmarsh, Swinton and Wales wards volunteered in their local communities to help their areas cope in the cold conditions.
Cllr Dave Sheppard, Labour councillor in Rawmarsh ward, spent three days during this weather spell visiting local residents and bungalow complexes to check how people were coping in the conditions. He visited around 280 bungalows and his visits resulted in doing three shopping trips for residents and he loaned out his very own electric heater to a resident who was waiting for their heating to be repaired. Cllr Dave Sheppard has said: “It was important to be out calling on residents to make sure people were safe and coping in the cold weather spell. There were lots of people out looking on their neighbours and it was great to see them looking out for each other. It just goes to show community spirit is alive and well.”
In Swinton ward, Labour councillors Stuart Sansome, Victoria Cusworth and Ken Wyattwere out supporting their local communities as well. They spent Saturday gritting paths around the Swinton precinct area helping to ensure pavements were safe and that people could still visit and access the local shops and businesses. They also gritted the steps to a local block of flats to help make this area safe as well for the residents here. In Wales ward, local Labour councillor Dominic Beckalso spent Thursday travelling around Kiveton, Harthill and Wales speaking with local people and visiting elderly residents as well.
In the depths of the freezing temperatures, cold weather and snowy conditions many businesses, schools and transport services were disrupted in Rotherham during last week’s wintery spell. Despite these conditions, there were many people out volunteering in their local communities working to ensure people were safe and coping in the conditions.