voluntary gritters and viral tweets

I keep coming across nice little case studies and not getting round to recording them. So I’d better make a start with this one from today. A simple tweet from the Holme Valley South Lib Dems looking for volunteers to help spread grit in areas to help maintian access to and for vulnerable people in the local area. The image shows how even though the @HolmeValleyLD twitter account only has 40 followers the subsequent ‘retweeting‘ of the original message gave it a potential audience of over 9,000 people.

The chronological order of the tweets is from the bottom to top. Numbers on the right are the number of followers for the person retweeting the message.



  1. Sutton Council has handed out over 7000 bags of grit to local residents in recent weeks to use on public pavements and also gives residents access to grit bins to do likewise.

  2. Steven Tuck said

    That’s really interesting thanks. There has been a lot of talk about mapping grit bins at Kirklees but the fear of vandalism and theft keep thwarting any plans. Do you know if there has been an increase in vandalism and theft to grit bins in Sutton?

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