Villagers decide to buy snowplough
Published 21/01/2012 | 12:28
Residents of two villages have bought their own snowplough and gritter after previously being cut off by the snow.
Residents in Badgall and Laneast, near Launceston, Cornwall, raised £2,650 to buy the plough and mechanical salt spreader.
Two farmers in the area have been enlisted to operate the equipment during heavy snowfall.
Having seen their villages cut off by snow during the previous two winters, members of the Badgall and Laneast Action Group (Blag) decided to take matters into their own hands to prevent a repeat.
They launched Project Gorilla - Gritting Our Roads in Laneast's Local Area - to raise the money to buy the snowplough and gritter.
With the support of local councillor Adam Paynter, Project Gorilla received a £500 grant.
Group co-ordinator Pete Stephenson said: "Our objective was simply to reopen our roads as soon as possible after a heavy fall of snow.
"The appeal was successful - many people volunteered to clear snow and spread salt, make donations and help fundraise to buy four tonnes of salt.
"All involved are delighted that we have been able to get our snow plough and salt spreader delivered before any serious snowfall."
Mr Paynter, who represents Launceston North on Cornwall Council, said: "It is great to see a parish pull together to solve a problem."