Council services affected by snow

Despite the snow, council staff have been working in difficult conditions around the clock to keep the roads moving and people safe.

Snow falls throughout the week had initially been lighter than expected but double the amounts of forecasted snow fell on Sunday night.

Gritting crews battled conditions throughout the night to treat primary routes and will be moving to secondary roads this afternoon.

To assist the gritting crews, staff from parks and countryside have been helping to clear footpaths and fill grit bins and staff from other departments have been supporting staff at the depots.

All council leisure and sports centres, art gallery, libraries and one stop centres are open as usual. The mobile library service is offering a reduced service.

Adult social care services including home care services are continuing without major issues and all meals at home are being delivered, on foot where necessary.

Older people’s day centres are closed, but staff are visiting all customers who would have attended to check on their well being. Learning disability day centres are open and staff are contacting customers who are unable to attend to check on their well being too.

The majority of Leeds schools have been affected by the snow. Around 140 schools closed on Monday morning.

Bin services have been severely disrupted. Some collection crews are making rounds and will be emptying green recycling bins where possible so people don’t have to wait another four weeks for a collection. If black bins were due to be collected today, residents are being asked to take these back in and put them out on their next scheduled collection day.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“I’m immensely proud of the efforts of our staff who have done their utmost to keep people safe in incredibly difficult circumstances.

“We’ll continue to direct our resources where they are needed most, keeping the city moving and supporting our vulnerable residents.

“With the cold snap set to stay with us for a few days, people should take care when travelling and check on elderly or vulnerable family or neighbours to ensure they are getting any help they need.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk