All main roads including the A46 are running as usual. Gritters are on standby to go out again tonight should temperatures drop. All car parks, park & ride, council offices and services will be running as normal tomorrow.
From Monday refuse collections will take place as usual and we will also catch up on missed refuse collections, from last Thursday and Friday, as a priority. Please leave your refuse containers out and we'll get to them as soon as we can. We will take any excess waste left in black sacks as well.
There will be no garden waste collections on Monday (5th) and Tuesday (6th) because we will be using these trucks to help catch up on rubbish collections. Please take your garden waste containers back in and put them out on your next scheduled collection day.
Recycling and food waste collections will begin on Monday as normal. For anyone whose recycling and food waste collections were missed on Thursday and Friday please take your containers back in and we will collect everything you put out for recycling on your scheduled day this week. Thank you for your patience. Recycling Centres will be open as usual on Monday morning.
Cold Weather Update - Sunday March 4 5pm
Most schools are continuing to text parents so watch out for their latest updates on your phone or to go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/coldweather
- All of the the council's offices including libraries will be open.
Tonight: Scattered showers slowly clearing through the evening. Staying cloudy overnight with risk the of a few more showers, but also some fog and low cloud developing during the early hours. Minimum temperature 3 °C.
The Highways Team have reviewed the roads specific weather forecast. They are on call 24/7 to keep the roads clear.
The Council’s salt barn has been restocked this week and our gritting operations from across the weekend and over the past few days have ensured there is good bed of salt on our roads. Despite the high level of repeated gritting runs our salt stocks remain high. We will be monitoring the conditions and carrying out further inspections.
There are 400 grit bins across Bath and North East Somerset. If you have a grit bin near to your house you can use it on public paths and roads.
Home care and local health services
The Council is working with its home care agencies to ensure they have plans in place to visit the most vulnerable during the next few days. These agencies are identifying people who need priority visits and organising transport in the snow.
The Council is also working with the local hospitals, ambulance service and community services who all have plans in place to ensure that people can be cared for and their staff can travel in to work to keep essential services going. Some non-essential services such as routine outpatient appointments are being re-arranged. Plans are being shared across organisations and daily/twice daily calls for all organisations are in place to share any issues and check that staff and services are running according to plan.
NHS BANES Clinical Commisioning Group is also running live update on health services affected by the severe weather: http://www.bathandnortheastsomersetccg.nhs.uk/live-update-local-health-s...
Waste Collection Preparations
Please see above:
For the latest information on local schools please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/school-closures. Most schools are continuing to text parents so watch out for the latest updates on your phone.
There are Severe Weather Emergency Provisions, at Julian House’s Manvers Street hostel in Bath: extra beds and hot meals are being made available for any rough sleeper. However, if people want to help a rough sleeper - then it's hot drinks that are needed on the street, and donations of hats & gloves would be most welcomed.
If you are concerned about anyone who may be sleeping rough then please report your concerns via the link: www.streetlink.org.uk.
The Highways team will have inspectors out on the roads to monitor conditions. The timing of any further gritting runs will be dependent on prevailing conditions to maximise the effectiveness of the gritting process. Currently we are making back to back gritting runs
Open as usual
Other Council Services
The council’s website will be updated regularly to keep residents up to date about general information: www.bathnes.gov.uk .
Any problems should reported either via the online form www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit or to Council Connect on 01225 394041.
Keep safe and warm, and keep updated
During periods of cold weather we'd encourage the community to check on any vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours.
Heat your home to at least 18 degrees Celsius. If heating the whole house is a problem heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep and draw curtains at dusk.
Dress for the weather. If you do go outside wrap up warm, wear several layers of clothing rather than a single chunky one.
We are providing information on the Council’s operational response to the cold weather conditions – including service updates – via the dedicated webpage: www.bathnes.gov.uk/coldweather, and the Council’s Twitter feed (@bathnes) and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bathnes/.
Winter driving tips
The Council has put together some useful winter driving hints and tips to help you ensure your journey is safe in snow/icy conditions.
For the latest information on bus services please check websites and social media for updates. www.travelwest.info/SW is providing information and links to bus operators’ websites and social media pages.’
Please check what the situation is before leaving home:
- For information on rail services, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
- For information on local bus services, visit www.travelwest.info
Thank you for your help and cooperation and please take care in the icy conditions.