Service disruptions due to snow
Changes to services due to snow
With the current bad weather we have had to make changes to services, putting more people on front line work, working in communities and reducing or closing some others.
Our aim is to help keep both residents and staff safe by prioritising our work, and work with our partners to limit how much people need to travel whilst making sure we can continue to look after the most vulnerable people.
Some staff haven’t been able to get in to work, so we’ve made sure those that have are working where they are most needed.
Many of our staff are out clearing and gritting – helping to keep roads, pavements and town centres accessible.
Others are making sure that health and support staff can get to vulnerable children and adults to keep them safe, and everyone else is doing their best to keep remaining services open and keep you informed.
We are working with our partners in housing, health and social care to make sure we continue to deliver vital services. We would also ask that you help by checking in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, and supporting people in your local area to stay well.
We’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding, please take care and stay warm.
No bin collections on Thursday
Due to the current weather conditions and the impact they are having on the roads, we suspended household waste and recycling collections on Thursday. We will make arrangements to collect the bins missed as a result as soon as practically possible.
You can find out more about our plans for emptying the missed bins here:
Looking after people who are homeless
We are continuing to support the most vulnerable to find housing – our severe weather protocol (SWEP) is active, and our customer service centres and phone lines are open for people to contact us.
• Learn more about SWEP
Pre-booked non-urgent appointments are being cancelled and rearranged.
Emergency housing repairs only
Due to the bad weather, KNH will only be attending emergency repair appointments today. We will be contacting people who have pre-booked appointments to rearrange.
Emergencies are classed as anything that causes an immediate threat to your health and safety or the structure of your home. Council/KNH tenants with an emergency housing repair can call 01484 414 850.
Details of school closures can be found online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/winter
Playing fields closed this weekend
All our parks teams are busy clearing snow and gritting, and as there is so much snow on the ground we’ve made the decision to close all our sports pitches this weekend.
Gritting and snow clearing
Our crews have been working pretty much non-stop since Wednesday morning in what have been tough conditions.
We used over 700t of grit on Wednedsay and over 15,000t so far this season. Each priority route was treated at least 4 times on Wednesday, with areas on higher ground getting more as we have tried to keep routes open.
We gritted again at 5am on Thursday and all vehicles stayed out on their routes to keep roads clear.
They were supported by an additional 4 gritting vehicles out helping where required as well as 8 tractor plough’s and 2 JCB’s.
Gritting update – 2 March 2018:
Our gritters are starting to move into secondary routes and side roads once the priority routes are clear. We can’t take requests but they will do as many as possible.
To help us please park so there is space for us to get a plough down (they are very wide).
Unfortunately we can’t do some roads as we can’t get a gritter down, or we can’t turn round if we do.
We are posting our latest updates on @kirkleeswinter
- A6024 Holme Moss and A640 New Hey Road are closed
- Wessenden Head Road is closed from just above Meltham to its junction with the A635
- M62 closed
- A635 is closed
- A62 Manchester Road is passable with care
There is also a lot of drifting snow making smaller local access roads on high ground impassable. We have tractor plough’s and JCB’s out trying to clear these as much as possible.
Please take care if you are out on the roads, and consider taking an emergency kit with you.
Local Plan hearings postponed
Local Plan hearings today are postponed.
If you are planning to attend an event at our town halls within the next few days please check with the venue before travelling to avoid disappointment.
Tickets can be bought online by calling our Box Office on 01484 225755
If you wish to contact the Registration Service please call 01484 221030
Libraries are still running some events on Saturday 3 March. But given the uncertain weather, please ring the library before you leave home to make sure it is still going ahead.
Find contact details for your local library
Keep up to date
At present all other services are still running, however we will be updating this page reguarly, and sharing updates on social media.
You can keep up to date on what’s happening on twitter at www.twitter.com/winter