Update for Friday 3 December 09.30am
Overnight we had another dumping of snow in a line from Withernsea south of the A1079 westwards. Over a foot of new snow has fallen onto already snow packed roads and with temperatures down to -11'C in rural parts. Eleswhere temperatures are generally -6'C. We have struggled all night to plough the main snow clearance network covering all ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads which is around 800km of main roads across the East Riding. Garrowby Hill, Arras Hill, High Hunsley and the higher parts of the wolds continues to be a massive challenge for us. We have a foot of snow in Beverley and treacherous conditions on most routes as temperatures will not get above freezing today or tomorrow so not much chance of improvement. The fleet of gritters are now working again on the main snow clearance network.
We continue to use a number of contracted farmers to get a road into some villages which have become cut off with drifts upto 6 feet.
Bin collections have been suspended today and a double collection will be made next Friday.
Staff deployed from bin collections, street sweeping, grounds maintenace and gully emptying are out removing snow from high use pedestrian areas across the East Riding. We have also implemented a plan this morning to remove snow from Council car parks and brought in tractors from our grounds service to help with this operation. This is presently ongoing but will take time to complete. We are now working on a plan for the weekend.
Bin Collections next week
The Garden Waste Collection Service will be suspended on Monday 6 December for the whole week. The Garden Waste Collections are currently on a two weekly collection frequency and it is considered that due to the poor weather experienced over the last two weeks there will be only limited participation in the scheme next week. Suspending collections of the brown bins will allow those collection vehicles and crews to be deployed in assisting other crews collecting the green and blue bins from properties that did not receive a collection this week due to the weather conditions. Those properties that did not receive a collection of their Green Bin because of the weather conditions will receive a double collection on their next scheduled collection day. Properties that did not receive a collection of their blue bins on 1st, 2nd and 3rd December will receive a collection on 8th, 9th and 10th December respectively. A revised blue bin text message will be sent informing those residents on the scheme of revised collections. This is in addition to the information we sent by text that collections would not be taking place.