A terrific image of a snowplough operating on the Chester Road at Shire Oak yesterday supplied by Maz Sealey. Love it.
Update 9:40am: National Express West Midlands are struggling to get back to normal – their latest service update is here – check before travelling.
Walsall Refuse services are suspended today. Walsall Clean and Green issued the following statement:
MONDAY 11 DECEMBER
Bins service (grey and green bins) will NOT be operating today on the grounds of health and safety. Residents who are not collected today can place up to 2 bags of excess waste out next week. Note – next week there will be a borough wide service due to Christmas collection arrangements commencing.
Flats and trade collections will not be operating today – we will attempt to recover work during the week as conditions improve. We will also arrange for Saturday collections as appropriate.
Street Cleansing – No service today
Grounds Maintenance – No service today (Cemeteries to be determined to facilitate burials)
HWRC sites (tips) – Closed today
Markets – Closed
Thank you for your patience folks.
Right people, the weather – I’m writing this at 12:30am on the Sunday night before the Monday Morning, and unless something remarkable happeneds between now and then, the conditions for tomorrow’s travel are not looking good.
First up: School closure info. You can check out the latest on the Walsall Council Facebook Page here, their twitter here, but they seem to be doing running updates as and when to this post here. There’s also a Facebook page here for Walsall School Closures although obviously, being crowdsourced, the veracity of that cannot be guaranteed.
Staffordshire school closures are listed at this page here.
At time of posting, these schools are closed on Monday 11th December 2017::
The following schools have notified us that they’ll be closed tomorrow. If your school isn’t listed here, please check their website or social media channels. This page will be routinely updated throughout the day, as and when they tell us:
Schools confirmed closed tomorrow (Monday 11 December):
——————-as at 1.40pm——————–
Pool Hayes Academy
Leighswood School & Child care
Mary Elliot Special School
Lane Head Nursery, Rosedale Infant, Short Heath Junior
Queen Mary’s High School
Brownhills West Primary
Jane Lane School
King Charles Primary
Bentley West Primary
Queen Mary’s Grammar School
Christ Church CoE Primary
Pool Hayes Primary
Shepwell Short Stay School (all age groups)
Lodge Farm Primary
St Giles CoE Primary
St Joseph’s Catholic
Woods Bank Academy
Hillary Primary (Monday & Tuesday)
——————-Update at 2.15pm——————–
Rowley View Nursery
Walsall Wood Primary
Pool Hayes Academy
St Mary’s the Mount Catholic Primary
Caldmore Primary Academy
——————-Update at 2.30pm——————–
Country Bridge Primary
Little Bloxwich CoE Primary
Delves Infant and Primary
——————-Update at 3.05pm——————–
St Peter’s Catholic Primary
Meadow View JMI
King’s Hill Primary
St Francis of Assisi CTC
Blue Coat CoE Academy
Alumwell Nursery, Infant and Junior
St Thomas More Catholic
St Bernadette’s Catholic
Moorcroft Wood Primary
Cooper and Jordan CoE Endowed Primary
Ogley Hay Nursery
New Invention Infant
Morris looked happy, despite the snow yesterday afternoon.
——————-Update at 3.25pm——————–
Whitehall Nursery & Infant
Lower Farm Primary
Whetstone Field Primary
Holy Trinity CoE Primary
Reedswood E-Act Primary
—————–Update at 5.00pm———————–
New Invention Junior School
St Francis of Assisi Primary
Jospeh Leckie Academy
St Michael’s Primary Pelsall
Busill Jones Primary
Blue Coat Infant and Junior
Old Hall Special School
Fullbrook Nursery School and Little Explorers
St John’s C of E – Walsall Wood
Fibbersley Park Academy
—————– Update 6.30pm————————-
Jubilee Academy Mossley
St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
Salisbury Primary School
—————– Update 8pm —————————-
Watling Street Primary School
Castle Business and Enterprise College
Valley Nursery School
—————– Update 8.10pm————————-
Elmore Green Primary
—————– Update 8.50pm————————-
Whitehall Junior Community School
Further, Walsall College and it’s campuses will be closed as will Little Green Dragons Nursery at Brownhills Community Centre which is closed to the public.
Some local residents don’t seem bothered by the cold.
Gritting and ploughing: Boy, were we having some fun on social media yesterday… Walsall Council issued this update a short time ago. I personally saw gritters and ploughs out around town yesterday, and the depot was working hard. I’d like to thank the crews for their care and hard work.
Walsall Council said:
Right. Here’s a new update for you on gritting.
Our crews will be begin making a final gritting run this evening at 11pm.
Ploughs will clear snow and then 2 lots of treatments will be added during the early hours of tomorrow morning.
(Bear in mind they’ve been operating throughout the day since 2am this morning)
I reiterate that grit is not fairy dust and that people’s expectations as regards it’s effectiveness seem rather high. Take care folks. Want to grumble we don’t cope as well as other countries? Read this great Economist article here, pointed up by old adversary and nice bloke Dan Slee.
Quite a few people seem worried about their refuse service: Personally I could understandd the council canning it due to bad weather, but if today is your normal collection day, they advise you to put your bin out anyway and they’ll get on to it ASAP. Which is pretty reasonable, I think.
Don’t be too upset if the bin wagon doesn’t arrive – they are awful things to drive on icy roads and no refuse collection is worth endangering anyone.
Chasewater was picture-postcard perfect in the snow.
Public transport – all you can do here is check operator Facebook and Social Media accounts before you travel. National Express West Midlands (Facebook page here) who called a halt to services on Sunday said the following this evening:
At this stage we do not know which main roads will be safe to run on from 6am. We will update social media feeds as soon as we receive information on the safe main roads we can use. We have no further information to give this evening.
As to rail services, best check Network Rail here.
Walsall Housing Group have said that all their offices will be closed and only emergencies will be catered for:
Severe weather conditions
whg service update – adverse weather conditions
Due to the current severe weather conditions we will be operating a ‘Sunday service’ only on Monday 11th December. Many roads are inaccessible making it very difficult for our repairs team to get to properties so please call only if it’s an emergency.
Our offices and The Workplace will be closed.
Please stay safe and don’t forget to check on your elderly neighbours if you are able to.
If you are a colleague please check your emails or get in touch with your line manager.
For weather advice take a look here
For the latest weather updates, BBC weather
I’d hope Walsall Housing Group would take advantage of the time off to tackle their capitalisation issue but I suspect that’s just me.
Finally, looking for something to do with the kids? Burntwood Rugby Club just by Chasewater have one of the best sledging banks behind their main pitch – they invite everyone to come and play, and have helpfully said they’ll open the clubhouse from 11am until 3pm where there will be a warm log fire and refreshments available. Now, isn’t that a lovely thing?
Bad weather happens folks – it really is a bugger. But there’s nothing we can do but sit it out if at all possible, and to those who have to go out to work, I wish the very best. Stay safe, folks – and thanks.