Gritters out to prevent snow disruption

Council staff continue to work hard to keep services running across County Durham today but residents are warned to expect some disruption.

Gritters have once again been out ploughing and salting priority one routes through the night and will continue to work through the day as required.

However, motorists are advised only to travel if necessary, with a number of roads around the county closed.

  • The B6277 at Harwood
  • The B6276 at Lundale
  • The C27 between St Johns Chapel and Langdon Beck
  • The B6278 between Stanhope and Eggleston
  • The B6278 between Stanhope and Castleside

The A68 between Tow Law and Castleside is also closed temporarily while a gritter which has slid off the road is recovered.

John Reed, the council’s head of technical services, said: “We are experiencing very challenging conditions throughout the county particularly on untreated roads.

“Our gritting crews are working extremely hard across priority one routes and we have also called in extra resources

“However, with temperatures expected to remain below freezing throughout the day we would strongly advise people only to travel if necessary.”

The heavy snowfall is making it particularly difficult for refuse and recycling crews to carry out collections around the county.

Residents are advised to put their bins out as normal. Anyone whose bin is not emptied is asked to leave it out so that it can be collected over the coming days.

Clean and green crews tasked with clearing footpaths continue to prioritise areas of heavy footfall while those who live in the county and are unable to travel to their normal place of work have been asked to focus on clearing paths in their local area.

The council is in contact with care agencies across the county to ensure that people who receive care at home continue to do so, with essential visits being prioritised. Anyone with any concerns should contact Social Care Direct on 03000 267 979.

Members of the public are also being encouraged to look in on friends, relatives and neighbours who may need assistance, with everyone, but particularly those who are older or vulnerable being reminded of the importance of staying at home and staying warm.

A significant number of schools across the county are closed. Parents are advised to visit the council’s website or follow its social media feeds for updates.

Household waste and recycling centres at Middleton-in-Teesdale, Annfield Plain and Horden are also closed, with other centres opening later than normal.

Telephone contact centres are operating as normal and all Customer Access Points are open but some are offering a reduced service.

However, anyone intending to access council services, including Customer Access Points, leisure centres and libraries is advised to telephone in advance to ensure that services are operating.

For updates on all council services, visit www.durham.gov.uk or check the council’s social media channels at facebook.com/durhamcouncil and twitter.com/DurhamCouncil

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