The return of the snow!

 

Clearing the Snow outside the Office

Overnight we had a real downpour of snow and the bad weather has continued all day. Public transport has been very badly affected and there have been a number of serious accidents on the roads.

A number of constituents have raised concerns about the way the gritting of the roads had been managed during the previous bad weather and it is fair to say that some roads that should have been gritted showed no signs of being done at all. Stocks of grit are low, and there are real concerns about how we will cope over the next few days. I heard on the radio this morning that one area of Scotland was importing grit from South Africa!

The real question is why are we not better prepared for this weather? Is it really that difficult to build up stocks of grit so that we don’t run out when there is worse than expected weather? I don’t think that anyone expects all the roads to remain completely clear, but we must do better. It looks like nothing has been learnt from  the weather in London last winter that brought the capital to an almost total standstill.

Apparently only 8 people managed to make it into work where my girlfriend works. Most of the staff in my office managed to get in, even Mike, who lives in St Helens! It’s been fairly quiet, but we’re open!

The snow has also taken its toll on the semi-finals of the football – the Blackburn vs Aston Villa game is off tonight, and the derby has also been postponed for tomorrow, which I’m gutted about!

4 responses to “The return of the snow!

  1. I would make a joke about John digging holes but I won’t.

    John’s office has remained open for service throughout the bad weather, even if my bus did crash on the way in once!

  2. It seems that every time we have snow the country grinds to a halt and that we are always surprised by bad weather in the winter! The amount of snow which fell last week was extraordinary and it does seem that the main roads in Chorlton were cleared quite efficiently. The side roads, however, have been treacherous up to, and including today, especially the pavements. Obviously not all of the side roads could be gritted, but where were the bins of grit that I kept hearing about in the news? There have been none, as far as I am aware, in the Longford Road area so the side roads – Hartley, Lynton etc have been really difficult to negotiate. I appreciate the difficulties but some peolpe have been virtually trapped in their homes for the last week or more. Any suggestions?

  3. I was one of the many unlucky folk who sustained seriuos fractures as a result of the icy pavements being totally unswept and ungritted. I have yet to find out how this will affect my ability to earn a living.

    I pay almost £1k council tax am amazed at the general political inertia regarding dealing with the recent snow event. Back in 1963 the snow ploughs were out immediately, sufficient road sweepers were taken out of the dole queus to clear the snow, the trains kept running and schools remained open. Now it seems that people are paid to stay at home while the desparately overburdened NHS try to patch up thousands of fractured limbs.

    The radiologist who x rayed me said in Germany everyone has to sweep snow from infront of their property and if they don’t the council make a mandatory charge and come and sweep your patch.
    Britain has displayed a phenomenal lack of common sense or initiative in dealing with icey pavements. As for Manchester’s supposed road user’s hierarchy, pedestrians obviuosly come way behind cars or planes

  4. I have a theory (with, admittedly, very little data to back it up) that Councils once had depots for storing things like grit and salt. But these depots have all been sold off to property developers in the interests of ‘efficiency’. Now, whenever it snows, the Councils have to obtain their supplies ‘just-in-time’ and compete for them on the open market.
    Still as long as the ‘holy’ free market is operating that’s got to be good … hasn’t it?

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