While Tendring District Council (TDC) remains on a snow footing today (Friday, March 2), it is continuing to monitor the forecast over the weekend and aims to return to business as usual from Monday.
Though council offices are closed today, staff are working remotely to keep services running and phone lines working. Given the latest forecast, TDC anticipates having its offices open as usual on Monday, barring any unforeseen weather over the weekend.
Meanwhile many operational staff have once again been out helping partners to clear roads of snow, distributing salt and the like – while leisure centre staff have deployed to their nearest venue to keep centres up and running, albeit it with some classes cancelled. People looking to visit leisure centres should call before travelling to check on potentially earlier than usual closing times.
Careline staff have been working exceptionally hard to support vulnerable people across the District, supported by partners at Tower Security who have ensured workers are able to get to and from shifts and been out and about helping those who need it. Additional TDC staff with security checks are being identified to further support the team.
People are still encouraged to call Careline on 01255 222022 if they have an emergency, but residents are reminded to use the service sensibly – and that it is not there to provide travel updates or inform them which shops are open.
Some public toilets have been re-opened today from 10am until 4pm, while the rest remain closed due to concerns over freezing pipes. Facilities in Rosemary Road, Clacton, Connaught Avenue, Frinton, Milton Road, Harwich, and Walton Pier, Walton, are open.
Waste collections are suspended today, a decision taken by TDC with its contractors Veolia in light of the continuing icy conditions and the yellow alert for snow and ice in force from the Met Office.
The following plan has been drawn up for next week, assuming that conditions are appropriate on Monday for collections to continue, which will enable Veolia to catch up on rounds missed due to the snow:
- Monday’s collection will be as normal, as last Monday had a collection
- Tuesday-Friday collection rounds will be black bags and food waste ONLY (i.e. no recycling) – this will allow the recycling vehicles to collect residual waste as there could be double the usual amount of waste as compared to normal
- Friday collection round homes are asked to put out their normal recycling for that week, out for collection on SATURDAY, MARCH 10
- Full collections will resume as normal from Monday, March 12, on the recycling week as advertised
The Tourist Information Centre will be closed on Saturday, but re-open as usual on Monday. The Frankie Dettori Evening at the Princes Theatre on Saturday night is expected to go ahead as usual at this time.
As the roads become clearer, animal owners are reminded of RSPCA advice to ensure their pets’ paws are washed clear of any salt or grit that has been laid onto the highways during the cold snap, as it can cause medical problems if licked or ingested by animals.
Neil Stock, leader of TDC, praised the efforts put in by everyone across the District in keeping things running during one of the heaviest periods of snowfall in recent times.
“There are far too many people to mention them all, but I especially want to thank all Council staff for their dedication in keeping critical services running and in helping our partners to clear snow and ice where possible. I know in many cases they were facing a losing battle as the snow continued to fall and drift, but they tackled the task with absolute determination.
“I also want to praise our farming community who in many cases have been the unsung heroes in villages across the District by using their tractors to free trapped cars – and in one instance in my own village of Little Bromley delivering shopping to an elderly resident. This is an example we should all be looking up to.
“Though the forecast suggests an ever-so-slight raising of temperatures over the next few days, I urge people to remember it will still feel bitterly cold and remain icy, and to be on their guard.”
Updates on TDC services, along with winter advice, can be found on our Winter Weather page.