When, years ago, relatively few people owned cars, most people responded to heavy snow by clearing the pavements in front of their homes.
After all, everyone was a pedestrian and all pedestrians benefited.
There was stronger community cohesion and greater neighbourliness, which explains why there was less violent crime back in those days gone by.
Today the car has cut the motorist off from the pedestrian, and has tended to make people more self-centred.
Our pavements are now left uncleared so that those, who for various reasons are unable to drive, have to contend with pavements covered with snow or slush.
Perhaps those who are fit and active could be persuaded to volunteer for ‘community aid teams’ to do such tasks?
Such teams may be prepared to clear the drives and paths of vulnerable elderly folk in exchange for a donation to local charities.
Could senior schools organise such teams to raise funds for school-extras?
Could football or other teams transform themselves into such teams to raise funds for, say, Ashgate Hospice?
The long-term impact on community cohesion would be profound.