Cold weather alert: update on disruptions to council services and cold weather advice
Update as of 5.00pm Thursday 1 March
Snow and cold weather is affecting schools, roads and some council services.
For information about any school closures due to bad weather, please click here. Alternatively look out for your school email notifications or listen to your local radio station. Headteachers are being asked to determine whether their school should open, based on local conditions and transport arrangements.
Council services closures
The following council services will be closed due to the current bad weather:-
- Church Stretton Library closed from 11am today (Thursday 1 March 2018)
- Registrars Office at Bridgnorth Library will be closed after the last appointment at 3pm today. This office is an appointment only office, no customers have been inconvenienced. Wedding ceremonies are unaffected.
- Greenacres Farm (closed tomorrow Friday 2 March)
- Helena Lane Day Services (closed tomorrow 2 March)
- Wayfarers Day Services (closed tomorrow 2 March)
- Avalon Day Services (closed tomorrow 2 March)
- Registrars Office at Oswestry Library – will be closed after their last appointment at 2.30pm today (Thursday 1 March). The Oswestry Registrars office will also be closed tomorrow (Friday 2 March). Wedding ceremonies are unaffected.
- Oswestry Library and customer service point will be closed from 3.30pm today (Thursday 1 March)
- Idsall Sports Centre will be closed tomorrow, following on from the announcement that Idsall School will be closed. It is open as normal this evening but that might change depending on conditions. Please contact the centre direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01952 460499.
- Aquamira Day Services (closed tomorrow 2 March)
- Abbots Wood Day Services(closed tomorrow 2 March)
- Albert Road Day Services (closed tomorrow 2 March)
- Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (closed today Thursday 1 March and tomorrow Friday 2 March)
- Registrars walk-in birth service at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be closed today (Thursday 1 March). The office will also be closed on Monday 5 March due to staff sickness. As death registrations are appointments only, no customers have been inconvenienced.
Supporting vulnerable people
Despite the current weather conditions our Adult Social Care services are working with partners to ensure those of our most vulnerable residents continue to get the support they need. This includes the deployment of 4×4 services to reach those homes which are difficult to get to.
Road closures/travel disruption
School Transport – Shropshire Councils Passenger Transport Team is liaising with operators, who will consider the various forecasts and local weather conditions before making a decision. Parents should therefore be prepared that some school routes may not operate because of local weather conditions.
For information about any road closures, traffic disruption or transport disruption due to bad weather, visit the Highways England website, National Rail Enquiries, or click here
All our Highways and Transport staff are continually working hard to ensure our roads are clear to keep Shropshire moving.
To find out if our gritting lorries have been out, go to Twitter and follow #wmgrit. Please be patient with us if your road hasn’t been gritted. We will get to it eventually.
Travel Advice – do please travel only if you need to. Here’s some useful advice.
- Do you need to commute to work? Speak to your boss about working from home instead of driving in snowy conditions
- It might not be snowing when you leave for work, but have you planned ahead? Allow extra time for driving in adverse weather.
- If you do need to drive in snowy weather make sure your fuel, screen wash and anti-freeze levels are topped up and take warm clothes with you.
- Keep your eyes on the local weather forecasts throughout the day so you can plan your journey ahead.
More travel advice can be found here or go online to https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice/travel-advice.
Waste and recycling collections
If we’re unable to collect your waste or recycling due to severe bad weather:
- Leave your household waste bin out. If we can’t get to you on your scheduled collection day we’ll come back and collect it as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Take your garden waste bin back in, and put it out on your next scheduled garden waste collection day.
- Leave your recycling boxes and blue sacks out (as long as they don’t present a trip hazard). We’ll collect them as soon as it is safe to do so.
All performances are expected to run as normal.
Advice on how to stay safe and well
Our Stay Safe and Well pages signposts people to a wide range of both local and national winter-related information which includes:
- Stay well this winter, NHS advice – to help those people who are most at risk of illness during winter to take steps to stay well.
- Keep well and warm– Government advice on staying well in cold weather, covering issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle and heating.
- Get Ready for Winter– Met Office advice and information of the dangers posed by winter weather and provide tips and advice on how to minimise its impact.
- Winter advice for older people– advice and information from Age UK.
Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, said:-
“Our staff are doing a fantastic job to help keep people moving and care for our most vulnerable residents.
“Most of our buildings will be open and we will have staff in place to continue to provide essential services to Shropshire residents.
“To keep updated on current changes to services follow us on Twitter @shropcouncil and Facebook at Shropshire Council. You can also sign up to our Newsroom updates here.”