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Sheffield students get creative to spruce up Streets Ahead gritters

29 September 2017

School children and college students in Sheffield will be in with the chance of having their very own designs emblazoned on four of Sheffield’s snow gritters this winter.

As part of a competition by Streets Ahead, children and college students across Sheffield have been invited to showcase their artistic talents by creating designs for four of the gritters, which will form part of the fleet keeping the city safe this winter.

The competition, targeted at four separate age groups, will see Sheffield’s young art enthusiasts create designs for the side of the vehicles which will be ready just in time for the winter season.

Pupils from infant schools have been challenged with creating a design for ‘The Bear’ gritter, whilst junior school students will be designing a new look for ‘Snowy Steve.’

Secondary schools have been asked to design a character or wintry scene to represent ‘Ice Warrior’ and college students studying Art have been asked to create an imaginative snowy Sheffield scene for the fleet’s ‘Steel City’ gritter.

The designs will be judged by Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Bryan Lodge, Helen Cooke, Education Officer at Amey and Lyndsey Connelly, Operations Manager at Amey.

Councillor Lodge said: “Winter is just around the corner and our fleet of Streets Ahead gritters will be getting ready for their busiest season in coming weeks.”

“The competition gives local school and college pupils the chance to have their design on one of the gritters for this year’s winter season which will be seen by people across the city.

“We have 19 gritters in total which enable us to be prepared for extreme weather conditions and keep the network moving before, during and after snow and icy conditions.”

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for our creative youngsters to be part of a project where their designs will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people during the winter months.”

The winning entries will be chosen after the 31st October and unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy at the Olive Grove Depot during November. The students with the winning designs will be invited to the first unveil and offered the chance to take a seat in the newly branded vehicles.

Amey Fleet Manager, Mark Dearns said: “A couple of years ago, we ran a competition with school children to name the gritters which proved extremely popular and we are excited to work with Sheffield students again to give our gritters a new look.”

Amey’s Education Officer, Helen Cooke will work with the schools and college to brief those taking part on the remit of each design.

Helen said: “We like to get schools involved with lots of Streets Ahead projects where possible, engaging them in the work we do across the city. Over the winter months I will be visiting schools to speak to the children about keeping safe when ice and snow is on the ground.”

More information about Sheffield’s gritting service is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter . Follow us on Twitter @sccstreetsahead for updates throughout the winter period.

To find out more about the competition, contact Amey’s Education Officer on Helen.Cooke@amey.co.uk