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Bury Council tackles winter weather head-on to keep residents safe

Press release   •   Mar 01, 2018 15:51 GMT

Bury Council Winter Service Team

Bury Council tackles winter weather head-on to keep residents safe

Bury Council’s winter maintenance teams have been working day and night to help keep the borough’s key roads moving.

The team of 4 gritting trucks were out last night from 6pm and then again at 9.30pm and 2am. This morning they were out from 7am and gritting is continuing throughout the day. The service has also responded where snow has been drifting onto roads in exposed locations.

A full grit route takes 3 hours, subject to traffic conditions, and the salt which is spread requires traffic movement for it to be activated.

Teams from cleansing, highways and grounds maintenance are out doing manual gritting of town centre paths where possible, and filling the council’s 350 grit bins.For full details of the Winter Service visit www.bury.gov.uk/gritting

Due to the severe weather conditions there is significant service disruption to bin collections this week. Bin collections have been cancelled today (Thursday 1 March) and the Waste Management team will monitor the situation as the day progresses and tomorrow. Additionally:

  • Food and Garden Waste collections have already been cancelled for this week.
  • Grey, green and blue bins missed earlier this week should be left out until collection vehicles can get back to empty them.
  • Any missed brown bin collections that have been missed, weather permitting, will be collected on the next scheduled collection date.
  • For the latest updates on bin collections and check scheduled dates go to www.bury.gov.uk/bincollections

49 schools across the borough are also closed today and parents are advised to check school websites for the latest situation.Web addresses for all schools can be checked at www.bury.gov.uk/findaschool

The council’s social care teams are also hard at work doing battle with the weather and helping to keep our vulnerable people safe.Residents are also encouraged to regularly check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives during the cold snap – popping in can make a real difference.

Pat Jones-Greenhalgh, Interim Chief Executive said:“Our workforce are working day and night to tackle the issues caused by the severe weather conditions and keep essential service running.

“I’m extremely proud of our workforce and the pride and commitment they have in their work.At testing time such as this, it’s a case of doing ‘whatever it takes’ and I’d like to thank everyone for their dedication and hard work.”

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For a wide range of practical suggestions and winter weather advice visit https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice