Cheshire East Council will continue to grit all the Borough’s major routes over the next 24 hours. However, motorists are urged to drive with care, especially on rural routes that may not have been treated.
Gritting started early yesterday evening on the hills in the east of the Borough as snow fell. Treatment in this area has been continuous and we have managed to keep the Cheshire East side of the A537 and the A54 open to traffic.
Crews have spread around of 800 tonnes of salt since yesterday evening and stocks remain plentiful. All of our gritters have been out to ensure that conditions are as safe as we can make them.
As we move towards the next few days we are expecting less snow. However, the problems will quickly shift to ice as temperatures drop.
Work in the town centres, outside schools, railway stations etc. has been ongoing all day. In total we have around 100 additional bodies on the network clearing snow and spreading salt.
The majority of routes have been collected as normal today. However, in the interests of safety the Leader, Councillor Michael Jones, has now taken the decision to suspend all waste collections where the conditions are deemed too dangerous for crews to operate.
If residents’ waste has not been collected by the end of today (Friday, January 18), people are advised to bring it in and put it back out on Monday morning.
Crews will do their best to catch up on Monday, but this may not be possible and some collections may fall in to Tuesday. If your bin has not been collected by Monday evening leave it out for collection on Tuesday.
However, this will be dependent on weather conditions over the next few days.
Currently we have 30 schools confirmed as closed across Cheshire East. Parents are advised to check with schools directly, and we would encourage parents to continue to do this if the weather is poor next week.
For further information please go to : www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter , or follow us on Twitter: @cheshireeast