LiveSnow disruption across the Cotswolds

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  • Latest weather news, school closures and traffic updates for the Cotswolds.

1:59pm

“Compacted snow and ice could remain a concern on the network and drivers should take special care,” – Gloucestershire area highways manager John Kay.

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3:36pm

RESIDENTS trying to stay warm during the wintry weather over the past week has led to an upswing in chimney fires in Gloucestershire.

Full story here.

2:00pm

“I understand the issue of being mindful of the safety of workers but we’ve had postmen and other deliveries – it seems to me where there’s a will there’s a way,” Cotswold District Council Liberal Democrats leader Cllr Paul Hodgkinson on the district’s missed waste collections.

For the full story click here.

1:56pm

COTSWOLD District Council has today issued a leaflet explaining why collections are not being carried out.

The full leaflet can be seen here.

1:04pm

“Our main priority is to try and assist people getting into the town centre,” – Cirencester Town Council chief executive Andrew Tubb.

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11:35am

FRESH snowfall yesterday has meant Batsford Arboretum is unable to open today.

Full story here.

10:16am

“While building snowmen is great fun, sadly it is unlikely to make a significant difference to the overall rate at which the snow melts” – Environment Agency

Full story here.

10:01am

“Neighbours and people living around vulnerable people in Gloucestershire villages really look out for each other” - Village and Community Agent Lynn Saunders.

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5:35pm

AREA highways manager John Kay: “As the road network returns to normality we would urge people to still be prepared for further potentially icy conditions that could affect their journeys,” he said.

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3:51pm

FIREFIGHTERS have been going above and beyond the call of duty by making sure paramedics get to patients in need and even delivering meals on wheels.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been assisting paramedics from Great Western Ambulance Service by responding to medical emergencies in rural areas.
Senior operations commander Derek Cross said today trained emergency drivers had been making sure paramedics reached their destinations in 4x4 vehicles.
“We also responded to a request to deliver meals-on-wheels to vulnerable people in the Berkeley area on Monday,” he said.
“We are happy to give emergency assistance to other agencies if we have the capacity to do so."

3:45pm

MORE snow has fallen in Little Rissington than anywhere else in the county.
The Met Office News Blog reported today the Cotswolds village was currently under 30cm of snow, three centimetres more than Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 
Nearby, only eight cm fell in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire and five in Larkhill, Wiltshire.
Cotswold District Council ward member for nearby Bourton-on-the-Water Sheila Jeffrey (Con) said residents in the north Cotswolds had been hit hard by the snowfall.
“I thought I would be able to get my car out today but I can’t,” she said.
“I had a friend from Upper Rissington ring me today to say they’d spent a long time trying to dig their car out but they’d have to give up.”
She added she was pleased by the worked Gloucestershire County Council workers had put in gritting and clearing the roads around the region.
“They’re working very hard to keep things going,” she said.
“Let’s not forget there are some people out there working and I’m very appreciative of what they are doing. “

2:19pm

VILLAGERS in Chedworth have found themselves particularly badly hit by the snow in over the past few days.
Although the parish council has two salt spreaders which can be towed by a four-wheel drive vehicle – with a new one recently donated by village estate agents Cavendish Green – ward district councillor David Broad (Con, Chedworth) said no one had been able to volunteer to tow it.
“We’re not doing so well,” he said. “We’re pretty much snowed in – I’ve had a lot of people phone me up saying the can’t get out
“There’s been no sign of Gloucestershire County Council gritters as they’re all out on the main routes.
“On the Fosseway it’s not so bad but as you get into the village it just gets worse and worse.”
He added problems had been exacerbated as the resident who drives the parish council’s JCB – and would have been able to operate the salt spreaders – had recently been banned from driving.
“The magistrates who banned him aren’t very popular around here at the moment,” he said.
“All we want is some joined-up thinking - I just feel like banging my head against the wall.”

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1:07pm

A TABLETOP sale due to take place at Watermoor Church Hall in Cirencester this Saturday has been cancelled as a result of the weather.

1:07pm

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S mobile library service is not running today due to the snow.

12:46pm

LAST night’s snowfall has caused further disruption across the Cotswolds.

Many schools across Gloucestershire are closed again today and gritters have been out in force last night.

All roads in the county, expect Culver Hill in Amberley, are now open, although drivers are advised to avoid steep hills and higher ground where possible.

Although grit is available for treating pavements and roads, residents are asked not to use them for driveways or private use.

If a grit bin has been damaged or vandalised it can be reported by clicking here.

Village and Community Agents have also been out making sure residents over 50 are warm and well.

Information on Village and Community Agents and what areas they cover can be found here or by calling 01452 426 868.

Gloucestershire County Council has issued the following advice for keeping safe, warm and well throughout the cold weather:

  •     Use blankets or rugs or wear a dressing gown and drink hot drinks to keep warm. If someone seems less with-it than usual advice is available from NHS Direct here or by calling 0845 46 47.
  •     Make sure paths are cleared and salted.
  •     Check elderly neighbours have enough food and mill.
  •     Several layers of clothing are better than one thick layer.
  •     People with heart or respiratory problems should stay indoors where possible.
  •     Living rooms should be around 18-21 degrees and the rest of the house should be at a minimum of 16 degrees. Hot water bottles or electric blankets can also be used to keep warm – but not at the same time.
  •     Portable gas heaters should be checked to make sure they are safe.
  •     A supply of fuel should be kept within reach.
  •     Many pharmacies offer a prescription collection service.

Any concerns about an older resident can be reported to GCC’s adult helpdesk on 01452 426 868.

5:50pm

NO SCHOOLS in Gloucestershire have been confirmed as closed tomorrow.

For the latest on school closures across the county click here.

5:19pm

WHILE everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the snow, residents are reminded that throwing snowballs at houses can be dangerous.
Police are reminding residents that throwing snowballs at houses, particularly the windows, can cause distress to residents, particularly older ones.
This follows an incident last Friday in which a pensioner’s Gloucester house was pelted with snowballs.
The 72-year-old occupant of the home on Oak Way reported seeing two young people aged between 15 and 17 throwing snowballs at his windows at around 5.40pm before running off in the direction of Byfords Road.
One was wearing a light hoody, the other a dark one.
Anyone with information on the incident can call Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident number 412 of January 18.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org
In some cases Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1,000 where information leads to a conviction.

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1:35pm

ALL waste collections for the Cotswolds have been cancelled for the remainder of the week.
While most main roads are clear of snow and ice, smaller roads and paths remain hazardous and as a result Cotswold District Council’s waste contractor Ubico Ltd has cancelled all collections due to take place this week.
Three emergency waste pick-up points have been set up at Cirencester lorry park on Old Cricklade Road, the car park on High Street, Fairford and the offices of Lechlade town council on Oak Street.
These will be open from 8am until 2pm from tomorrow until Friday and are for non-recyclable waste only.
Residents are asked to only visit these sites during these opening times and not leave bags when they are closed.
All residents whose collections were cancelled as a result of the snow will also be able to leave any waste and recycling next to their bin to be collected on their next scheduled collection date.
Recyclable waste can also be taken to recycling banks around the district.
CDC cabinet member for the environment Cllr David Fowles (Con, Hampton) said he hoped the emergency points would help residents.
“Obviously it is very frustrating when their bins are not emptied, but we have to minimise the risk to the general public, property owners and Ubico staff,” he said.
“We are aiming to get back on track with the double collections and trust that residents will understand our concerns about safety during this exceptionally icy weather.
“I must also point out that people can also use the Household Recycling Centre at Fosse Cross and our recycling banks across the district if they want to offload their waste and recycling earlier than the double collection dates.”
Household recycling centres across Gloucestershire are open seven days a week from 9am to 6.15pm.
Anyone wishing to deposit waste from vans, pick-up trucks or trailers larger than 6ft by 4ft must call ahead on 0845 602 9344.
Any queries regarding CDC collections should be directed to the waste hotline on 01285 623 123.

1:16pm

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the South West with some areas likely to see up to 10cm of snow by tomorrow morning.
The Met office issued the amber warning this morning and is predicting outbreaks of sleet and snow across the region until around 9am tomorrow morning.
Where rain or sleet is already falling it will turn to snow during the afternoon or evening, even at low levels.
Some areas, particularly higher ground, could experience up to 10cm while others will see between two and five and this may fall heavily within a short period of time.

11:20am

THE A424 at Burford is closed in both directions following a car crash.
The crash occurred in icy conditions on a bridge between the A361 at Burford and Merrymouth Road in Fifield .
Drivers are advised to find an alternative route.

9:11am

WASTE collections due to take place in the Cotswolds today have been cancelled due to the snow.
Many side roads and pavements are still hazardous and more snow is forecast to fall today.
No collections have taken place in the district since Thursday.
Cotswold District Council’s offices in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh are open as normal along with the Corinium Museum and council-run leisure facilities in Cirencester, Tetbury, Fairford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden.

4:45pm

DESPITE weather across Gloucestershire improving today, motorists are being warned driving conditions could still be dangerous.
Although all roads are now open, Gloucestershire County Council is warning drivers to be especially careful on higher ground or steep hills.
The Met Office has predicted very cold conditions throughout the rest of this week and GCC’s highways teams are still out gritting routes today, with a full run on key routes planned for 3am tomorrow morning.
Firefighters from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are also on standby with 4x4 emergency response vehicles.
Although grit bins are available for public use, residents are reminded they are only to be used on public highways and not private land or driveways.
GCC’s area highways manager John Kay said drivers should be especially careful on all roads, eve if they appear to be clear of ice and snow.
“We will continue to treat major roads across Gloucestershire and will be keeping a close eye on the weather so that we’re ready to respond if the weather worsens again,” he said.
Traffic information can be found here while Met Office updates are available here.

4:03pm

GRITTERS spread more than 3,000 tonnes of salt on roads and footpaths in Wiltshire over the weekend.
Fifty farmers have also been drafted in to help keep routes clear with snow ploughs and blowers.
Grit bins are being refilled and Wiltshire Council crews are on standby for further wintry weather.
People are being advised to drive carefully in the current conditions and never assume a road has been treated.
The council’s twitter account @wiltshirewinter is updating followers on conditions in affected areas.

2:33pm

Cirencester College has cancelled all evening classes tonight at both the Castle and Fosse Way sites because the icy weather on campus is likely to cause problems for drivers after dark.

 

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12:04pm

THE Met Office predicts that a further band of snow could affect Gloucestershire tomorrow morning.

Though the weather is not expected to be as anywhere near as severe as on Friday, snow flurries and/or sleet are anticipated in the Cotswolds in the next few days and freezing temperatures are set to continue.

Gloucestershire Highways is continuing to treat key routes and secondary roads as icy patches remain a concern in some parts of the county.

Most of the road network is now passable and previously closed roads now open, but Gloucestershire Police are urging caution particularly at routes on higher ground and in rural areas.

John Kay, area highways manager, said: “Though we are expecting the county to remain relatively dry in the coming days, the chance of snow flurries into next week means we will continue to treat both key routes and secondary roads across the county to ensure drivers are as safe as possible.

“As the road network begins to return to normal, we would still urge residents to take care when travelling, especially on higher ground. We are constantly being updated by the Met Office and are prepared to adapt our plans accordingly.”

9:21am

RUBBISH collections in the Cotswolds have been cancelled today as a result of the hazardous conditions.
Although many main roads are passable many others are covered with ice and snow.
This means catch-up arrangements from missed collections on Friday will not be started today.
Cotswold District Council said it was working to rearrange collections as soon as possible. 
Leisure centres and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum are open but residents are advised to call before they visit.
CDC’s offices in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh remain open as usual.

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5:35pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Birdlip Primary School will remain closed on Monday, January 21.

For all school closures, visit ww3.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools/

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ICE WARNING - PROBLEM AREAS

The gritters will be out again later. Meanwhile, Gloucestershire police and Gloucestershire County Council are warning drivers to avoid the following routes due to icy conditions:

• A435 Cirencester to Cheltenham
• A429 Fossebridge
• A417 Birdlip Hill
• A436 Birdlip to Seven Springs
• Nailsworth to Minchinhampton
• A435 Charlton Kings to Seven Springs
• Parliament Street, Stroud
• B4362 Cleeve Hill
• Culver Hill, Amberley


Follow @GlosHighways, @GlosCC, @GlosFire and @Glos_Police on Twitter for updates.


Tips on driving in icy conditions and keeping you and your neighbours warm and well during the wintry period can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter


Traffic information can also be found on the Highways Agency website here: http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/

For the latest Met Office updates, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk

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Tweet your snow pictures with hashtag #StandardSnow today to see them on our timeline!

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9:33am

STAGECOACH says bus services running as usual.

No 51 service from Swindon to Cheltenham, covering Cirencester and Cricklade is running says operators.

9:28am

Cirencester Town vs Wimborne Town game postponed.

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