Clear-up help under way after Beast from the East

When the weather turns really bad we are all wondering how we are going to get to work, to the shops or just keep warm.

And there is a group of people in Ipswich who also worry about how they are going to get out of their homes if their gardens are covered in snow or waterlogged.

These are the more than 250 residents who have signed up to the Borough Council’s Assisted Gardening Scheme and the Council is aware many might need help outside their property in the aftermath of the Beast from the East.

The parks service will be sending staff members round to everyone on the list who needs help – colleagues are phoning them today and over the weekend – and offering to clear any snow left behind, move fallen branches and do a quick tidy up on Monday of next week.

Parks manager Lisa Stannard explained: “We’ve been out to some residents on the list today to help out but want to offer our assistance to many more. We will be contacting them this afternoon and tomorrow to offer our help. Residents are encouraged to ask for proper Council ID on Monday and, of course, Council staff will not be asking for any payment – this work is all part of the service we provide to our residents.”

Helping out today were staff members Jack Trigg, Dan Wardley, Gordon Fisher and Malcolm Sargent.