Severe weather update: some schools to reopen on Wednesday
Published Tuesday 30 November 2010
Some primary schools in Edinburgh are to re-open on Wednesday and 4th-6th year pupils at all secondary schools should attend (1st - 3rd year should stay at home).
With colder temperatures and more snow expected, the situation remains changeable so parents are urged to continue checking the Council's website and Radio Forth for updates.
Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said:
"I want to thank everyone for their patience. With such a lot of snow
falling in such a short space of time, it's inevitably going to take some time
to clear residential streets and restore other services to normal. I also want to thank those people who have
been good neighbours to vulnerable people and the Council staff who have been
working flat out to keep the city moving."
All school staff should report to work tomorrow. If
staff cannot report to their usual place of work then they should go to the
nearest City of Edinburgh Council
All secondary schools will be open for 4th-6th year pupils tomorrow - all secondary pupils should bring a packed lunch. Pupils who get transport from Ratho, Kirknewton and Livingston to Balerno High School should not attend as transport is unavailable.
The following primary schools will re-open tomorrow:
James Gillespie's Primary School (nursery closed)
Gylemuir (nursery closed)
The following nurseries will re-open tomorrow:
All special schools with remain closed with the exception of the Panmure St Ann's service.
All City of Edinburgh
Council community centres will re-open with the
exception of Ratho, Roseberry Hall, Inch, Jack Kane, Bingham and Magdalene.
Anyone looking to attend external events normally
hosted in schools, e.g. councillor surgeries or community groups, should check
if they are going ahead. Day and evening
adult education classes are cancelled for the rest of the week.
All Child and Family centres will be open with a
reduced service. Please contact the centres direct for information.
All 'category 1' and some 'category 2' priority routes were treated yesterday. Due to continued snowfall it was necessary to revert to category 1 routes. All category 1 routes have been treated today and work has begun on category 2. Staff are working round the clock to keep the city's main roads clear.
Extra staff have been allocated to work on snow clearing. However, workers are experiencing difficulties with the exceptional levels of snow on roads and pavements as well as obstacles such as abandoned cars. Mechanical plant i.e. JCBs are being used to excavate and remove snow to gain access to many of these routes.
The Council has used 1802 tonnes of salt between 25 -
29 November, 2803 since the start of winter maintenance. Supplies were standing
at 5374 tonnes, as at this morning.
Bin lorries were unable to go out yesterday or today.
However, refuse workers have been helping with snow clearing. Any bins not
collected as scheduled will be picked up as soon as possible.
Some more snow is expected but should be less than in
recent days. However, temperatures are expected to drop significantly, with widespread
frost and ice.
Council-owned or voluntary day centres will remain
closed for the rest of the week. However, staff are reporting to work and are
contacting all service users and families. Staff will be assessing whether vulnerable
adults and older people require any additional assistance and are taking
All social work centres are open and despite access
difficulties all Council care homes are receiving deliveries and are fully
staffed. Home care and re-ablement staff are reprioritising case loads to
ensure emergency cases are covered such as meals and personal care.
Anyone who is concerned about someone who they feel
should be getting assistance can contact the social care direct team at the
Council on 0131 200 2324, and staff there will arrange appropriate follow up.
In the evenings and weekend contact can be made with the out of hours service
at 0800 731 6969.
Pentland Rangers are driving social workers and home
care workers in the Oxgangs area to individuals' homes in 4x4 vehicles to
ensure support is provided.
In consultation with the event organisers, we have taken the decision to cancel a number of Christmas lights switch-ons, which have been made impractical in the ongoing severe weather. Event management arrangements such as putting up barriers, rigging up stages and PA systems and tree-dressing have all been compromised by the heavy snowfall. Underfoot conditions at each of the event sites could also pose a safety risk.
The current situation will be monitored over the coming days and we will continue to liaise with the organisers to see if any of the ceremonies can be rescheduled.
The following switch-ons are affected:
* Lauriston Place / Tollcross (30 Nov)
* Kirkgate, Leith (2nd Dec)
* Restalrig Road South (2nd Dec)
* Queensferry (2nd Dec)
* Morningside (2nd Dec)
* Grassmarket (3rd Dec)
* Davidson Mains (3rd Dec)
* Marchmont Cres. (4th Dec)
* Gorgie Farm ((5th Dec)
While we appreciate the disappointment this decision
will cause, our top priority must be to ensure the safety of the public, contractors