Police issue statement on incident at Northgate, Aldridge this morning

Northgate was the scene of a rather shocking police incident today. Imagery from Apple Maps.

This morning, Tuesday 12th December 2017, there was a serious police incident on Northgate in Aldridge, which led to closure of the road, intense police activity and a hell of a lot of unfounded rumour spread on social media, sadly.

I made enquiries with the press Office at West Midlands Police, and an hour ago Press Officer Caroline Schubert issued the following statement:

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following three incidents involving a man with a suspected handgun this morning (Tuesday 12 December) in Bloxwich and Aldridge.

In the first incident at 5.45 am this morning, a man allegedly tried to steal a car at gunpoint from a driveway in Central Fields, Dudley Close, Bloxwich. The owner was defrosting his car, when the man pointed what appeared to be a gun at him, and ordered him to get out. The man attempted to drive off in the car, but was unable to because of ice on the driveway. He ran away on foot, leaving the owner of the car unharmed.

Later on, at around 7.15am, a husband and wife were threatened with a suspected gun, after a car bumped into the back of their vehicle in Sutton Coldfield. After the collision, the man drove off pointing the weapon at them as he sped past. Nobody was hurt and the damage to the victims’ car was very minor.

The third incident was around 9.05am, when a man got into a taxi in Northgate, Aldridge, holding what the driver thought was a loaded firearm. The taxi driver went to a nearby service station to call police, leaving the man in his car. The man made off on foot and was subsequently found and arrested by armed police as they searched the area.

A vehicle was later recovered in the vicinity and police investigations are on-going. The suspected firearm has not been recovered. Anyone who witnessed these incidents or has information about them is asked to contact 101 giving reference 340 1212.

Regards
Caroline Schubert
West Midlands Police

Please,  if you have information regarding this series of incidents or if you have witnessed something suspicious, please contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 and quoting reference 340 1212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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Snow update – Tuesday 12th December 2017

We had a decent sunset last night. Sadly I was in too much of a hurry to see much of it.

Again, I’m writing this at 12:30am on the night before, and in many respects the travel omens are looking worse for the morning commute on Tuesday than they did on Monday.

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.

If you have any details to add, comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

Staffordshire school closures are listed at this page here.

At time of posting, these schools are closed on Tuesday 12th December 2017::

Schools Tuesday 12 December – Here are the details so far. If your school hasn’t shared any information yet, please check their website or social media channels. We will look to do another update later as more schools contact us.

* = Closure confirmed this evening

Special Schools
Castle Business and Enterprise College Closed
Elmwood No details shared
Mary Elliot Closed
Oakwood Closed
Old Hall No details shared
Phoenix Primary EBD Closed
The Jane Lane School Closed

Nursery Schools
Alumwell Nursery Closed
Fullbrook Nursery Closed
Lane Head Nursery Closed
Millfields Nursery School Closed*
Ogley Hay Nursery Closed
Rowley View Nursery Closed
Sandbank Nursery No details shared
Valley Nursery Closed*

Primary Schools
Abbey Primary Closed
All Saints National Academy No details shared
Alumwell Infant Closed
Alumwell Junior Closed
Barcroft Primary No details shared
Beacon Primary Closed
Bentley West Primary Closed
Birchills CE Community Academy Closed
Blackwood Closed
Blakenall Heath Junior Closed
Bloxwich Academy (closure confirmed on school website*)

My favourite tree at Home Farm, Sandhills is looking a bit chilly.

Blue Coat CE (A) Infant No details shared
Blue Coat CE (A) Junior No details shared
Brownhills West Primary Closed
Busill Jones Primary Closed
Butts Primary Closed
Caldmore Academy Closed
Castlefort JMI Closed
Christ Church CE (C) JMI Closed
Chuckery Primary Closed
Cooper and Jordan CE VA Primary Closed
County Bridge Primary Closed
Croft Academy Closed
Delves Infant & Nursery Closed
Delves Junior Closed (closure confirmed on school website*)
Elmore Green Primary No details shared
Fibbersley Park Primary Closed
Goldsmith Primary Academy Closed
Greenfield Primary Closed
Hillary Primary Closed
Holy Trinity CE Primary Closed
Jubilee Academy Mossley No details shared
King Charles Primary Closed
King’s Hill Primary Closed*
Leamore Primary Closed
Leighswood Closed
Lindens Primary Closed
Little Bloxwich CE (VC) Primary Closed
Lodge Farm JMI Closed
Lower Farm Primary Believed to be closed
Manor Primary Closed*
Meadow View JMI Closed
Millfield Primary Closed
Moorcroft Wood Primary Closed
New Invention Infant No details shared
New Invention Junior No details shared
North Walsall Primary Academy Closed
Old Church CE (C) Primary Closed
Old Hall School No details shared
Palfrey Infant Closed
Palfrey Junior Closed
Park Hall Infant Academy Closed
Park Hall Junior Academy Closed
Pelsall Village No details shared
Pheasey Park Farm Primary No details shared
Pinfold Street Primary Closed
Pool Hayes Primary Closed
The Radleys Primary Closed
Reedswood E-Act Primary Academy Closed
Rivers Primary Academy Closed
Rosedale CE (C) Infant Closed
Woods Bank Academy Closed
Rushall Primary School Closed
Ryders Hayes School No details shared
Salisbury Primary Closed
Short Heath Junior Closed
St Anne’s Catholic Primary No details shared
St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary Closed
St Francis Catholic Primary Closed
St Giles CE Primary Closed
St James Primary Closed
St John’s CE Primary Closed*
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Closed
St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary No details shared
St Mary’s the Mount Catholic Primary Closed
St Michael’s CE (C) Primary No details shared
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary Closed*
St Peter’s Catholic Primary Closed
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary No details shared
Sunshine Infant & Nursery Closed
Walsall Wood Primary Closed
Watling Street Primary No details shared
Whetstone Field Primary Closed
Whitehall Junior Community School Closed
Whitehall Nursery & Infant Closed
Woodlands Academy of Learning Closed
Woods Bank Academy Closed

Secondary
Aldridge School – A Science College Closed
Barr Beacon School No details shared
Bloxwich Academy No details shared
Blue Coat Church of England Academy Closed
Brownhills School Closed
Grace Academy Darlaston Closed
Joseph Leckie Academy Closed
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy No details shared
Pool Hayes Arts and Community Closed
Queen Mary’s Grammar Closed
Queen Mary’s High Closed
Shire Oak Academy No details shared
St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College Believed to be closed – please check
St Thomas More Catholic – Business and Enterprise College Closed
The Streetly Academy Closed
Walsall Academy (closure confirmed on school website*)
West Walsall E-Act Academy Closed
Willenhall E-ACT Closed

Pupil Referral Units No details shared
New Leaf Centre (KS3-KS4) No details shared
Shepwell School Closed
Walsall Studio School No details shared

 

Walsall College posted earlier today that it would be open, but wise to keep an eye on their Facebook page here.

All campuses will be open as usual Tuesday 12th December however should anything change overnight we will announce on social media and our website after 6.30am. Please take care on your way into college.

I can’t find out any information for Little Green Dragons or Brownhills Community Centre; keep an eye on their website here.

A walsall gritter loaded and ready to go, just waiting for the invisibility cloak to be fitted.

The gritting rage continues – the authorities have been gritting and will continue to do so, although with temperatures predicted to hit -9C before daylight, it’s unlikely grit will be effective so it’s going to be very icy out.

Walsall Council said:

Here’s a gritting update from tonight.

Our crews went out at 6pm this evening and will do so again tomorrow from 3am.

With road surface temperatures set to drop to around -8C, conditions on our highway network and footways look more perilous than today, so please take care if you’re out and about.

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.

Clean and Green also had this to say about refuse collections:

Update on bins: Our colleagues Clean & Green will be making an assessment tomorrow morning depending on the road conditions.

If your bin isn’t collected, you will be able to put out two extra bags for your next collection.

From next Monday (18 December), we will operate a weekly bin collection service for 4 weeks (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after Christmas).

More info about our Christmas rubbish and recycling arrangements can be found here.

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.

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, and battled through Monday said the following this evening:

We aim to start service at normal time tomorrow [Tuesday] morning. Safety diversions & alterations may still be in place on some routes as temperatures continue to drop affecting roads across the area tonight.

As to rail services, best check Network Rail here.

Walsall Housing Group have not said if they’ll be open or not Tuesday – check their Facebook page here.

One thing I will ask today is that whilst I understand the weather is frustrating, can we please endeavour to be kind to those poor folks answering phones and manning social media for organisations you may have issues with. They are humans, and doing a job – they deserve a bit of respect and humanity. Thanks.

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.

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Snow update – Monday 11th December 2017

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
Palfrey Infant
Greenfield Primary
Christ Church CoE Primary
Beacon Primary
Pool Hayes Primary
Radleys Primary
Goldsmith Academy
Rivers Academy
Millfield Primary
Palfrey Junior
Shepwell Short Stay School (all age groups)
Lodge Farm Primary
St Giles CoE Primary
St Joseph’s Catholic
Sandbank Nursery
Woods Bank Academy
Hillary Primary (Monday & Tuesday)

——————-Update at 2.15pm——————–

Lindens Primary
Rowley View Nursery
Willenhall E-Act
Aldridge School
Walsall Wood Primary
Ryders Hayes
Butts Primary
Leamore Primary
Pool Hayes Academy
St Mary’s the Mount Catholic Primary
Alumwell Junior
Barr Beacon
Chuckery Primary
Caldmore Primary Academy

——————-Update at 2.30pm——————–

Country Bridge Primary
Little Bloxwich CoE Primary
Delves Infant and Primary
Delves Junior
Castlefort JMI

——————-Update at 3.05pm——————–

St Peter’s Catholic Primary
Grace Academy
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
Oakwood
St Bernadette’s Catholic
Moorcroft Wood Primary
Cooper and Jordan CoE Endowed Primary
Ogley Hay Nursery
Rushall Primary
New Invention Infant

Morris looked happy, despite the snow yesterday afternoon.

——————-Update at 3.25pm——————–

Croft Academy
Abbey Primary
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
St James
Old Hall Special School
Fullbrook Nursery School and Little Explorers
St John’s C of E – Walsall Wood
Fibbersley Park Academy
Elmwood School
Phoenix Academy
—————– Update 6.30pm————————-
Millfields Nursery
Jubilee Academy Mossley
Ryders Hayes
Old Church
St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
Salisbury Primary School

—————– Update 8pm —————————-

Watling Street Primary School
Castle Business and Enterprise College
Hydesville Tower
Valley Nursery School
Hillary Primary

—————– Update 8.10pm————————-

Elmore Green Primary
Pinfold Street

—————– 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:

whg service update – adverse weather conditions

Severe 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.

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Ilkeston put the freeze on Walsall Wood

Ilkeston Town FC have a beautiful looking ground. I adore the clock-tower there. Image from the Best of Nottingham on Pinterest.

No doubt Bill Shaw would chastise me for saying this, but more bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last as they travelled to Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – which I thought would be curtailed by the weather – only to lose 3-2.

I suspect many a supporter wishes now the pitch had not passed inspection!

Bill Shaw sent in the following report, and I’d just like you all to join with me in wishing Bill all the very best as he’s not been in great health lately, and I’m quite concerned. Get well soon old chap.

Bill said:

Hiya  Bob,

Another report cobbled together from both sides Twitter accounts as I continue to suffer for the bloody mindedness of Leicestershire NHS Trust, but that’s neither here nor there.

The knockers are at it already, the bubble has burst, Wood have shot their bolt – etc.  We have a bit of a problem in midfield with Keenan Meakin-Richards, Andy Westwood, Lee Butler and Peter Till all carrying injuries of varying degrees and next Saturday’s game at home to Leicester Road couldn’t have come at a worse time, but after that it should become a little bit easier with us away at Bolehall Swifts on the 23rd, home to Stafford Town on Boxing Day, away at Lichfield City on the 30th before our first game of 2018 sees us away at Paget Rangers.

Of the top six we have the return fixture against Ilkeston Town on January 20th and we have to face Studley home and away, whilst the other teams involved in the title battle will be meeting each other regularly between now and Saturday April 28th.

Sorry to go on but I’ve nothing else to do at the moment, so just keep the faith, it ain’t over yet by a long chalk.

Ilkeston Town 3 v 2 Walsall Wood

Ilkeston stay in second place after this victory as they twice came from behind to eventually win 3-2, as the Midland Leagues meanest defence conceded three goals for the third Saturday in succession.

It took Wood just eight minutes to go ahead, Paul Sullivan caught a defender in possession 30 yards out and went for goal, he went through two tackles before unselfishly setting up Sam Agar who put Wood one up.

Three minutes later Jamie Walker crossed from wide left, Alex Marshall powering a header off the Wood bar and away to safety. After 31 minutes from a goal-mouth scramble Jordan Wheatley saw his effort deflected for a corner, from which Walker headed wide. He made no mistake on 44 minutes however, slamming home the equaliser.

Yet more wonderfully professional footage from Russell Smith and The-wood.tv – this time under his alternative guise of Jumper for Goalposts. Check to Thewood.tv on Facebook here.

It took Wood just three minutes of the second half to regain the lead, Sullivan rifling a shot into the top corner.

On 59 minutes it was all square again, Tom Marshall crossing into the centre for Montel Gibson to head home. It was Gibson who put the hosts ahead for the first time 13 minutes later, his speculative effort from the edge of the box going under the dive of keeper Lloyd Ransome.

Five minutes later Agar had a chance to equalise but hit a rising drive just over.

So it’s Ilkeston who draw first blood in the battle of the big spenders. For Wood it’s just one win in five and with Leicester Road (the first team to beat them in the league) the visitors next Saturday life doesn’t get any easier just yet.

Nine points now separate leaders Leicester Road from sixth placed Atherstone Town. Racing Club Warwick who are putting together an impressive unbeaten run are a further six points back but have games in hand of all the teams above them.

Bill Shaw

The Teams:

Ilkeston Town – Deakin, White, Walker, Shaw (captain), Jemson, T. Marshall, Edwards, Wheatley, A. Marshall, Gibson, Bennett, Hopkinson, Lench, Fairclough, Hodgett-Young, Morris.

Walsall Wood – Ransome, Deakin, Okojie, Hurren, McFarlane, Tolley (captain), Fitzpatrick, Walker, Sullivan, Agar, Hayden, Clarke, Mugisha, Rowley, Till, Humphries.

Thanks to Bill for the report, always appreciated and do get well soon – for the good of The Wood!

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Stourport swiftly dominate Wood as Wolves grab a sporting chance

All images and captions Kindly supplied by David Evans.

It seems Walsall Wood FC’s run of good fortune has come to a hopefully temporary halt – On Saturday 2nd December 2017 they faced Stourport away, and lost; but also suffered a defeat on the following Tuesday at Oak Park to Wolves Sporting.

David and Simon Evans were at the matches.

Simon wrote:

Stourport Swifts 3 v 1 Walsall Wood
FA Vase, Saturday 2nd December 2017

Wood kicked off and within five minutes found themselves 1-0 down.

Stourport attacked, the defenders cross was met by Stourports number 11 Nick Macpherson whose effort found the back of the net. Woods response was to force a corner, a half chance was created but the Stourport defence cleared.

After 11 minutes some play by Peter Till saw his effort go agonisingly wide of the post. Still Wood pressed for an equaliser. After 20 minutes a long ball found Stourports Nick Macpherson who capitalised and made it 2-0.

A nasty injury to Andy Westwood held the match up, Stan Mugisha replacing him. Stourport  then countered when play restarted , Lloyd saving well. Wood countered, Gavin Hurren with an effort just wide. Wood ended the half forcing corner after corner. HT 2-0

The second half and Wood started brightly, Tony Clarke with an effort just over following some good play. Stan then had an effort just wide. After 58 minutes Stourport scored again, Nick Macphersons shot going in via the post 3-0 . Almost immediately Wood countered and The Stourport keeper did well to save an effort on the line, Fitzpatrick then had an effort over the bar.

Soon Tony Clarke pulled a goal back 3-1. Wood tried to get another, a Fitzpatrick freekick was the closest. In the end the Stourport  goalkeeper and defence held firm. FT 3-1 to Stourport

Simon Evans

Cheers to David and Simon for a great report there – sorry for the delay in posting it up.

On Tuesday, David watched the Wolves Sporting match at Oak park, and submitted the following pictures and report.

All images and captions Kindly supplied by David Evans.

David wrote:

Walsall Wood 0 v 1 Wolves Sporting

Tuesday 5th December December 2017

Hard work for The Woodmen, team weakened by players missing – injuries sustained last Saturday.

Wolves played well and deserved the sporting win.

Wolves two star players gave WWFC hard time, as did their excellent passing.

David Evans

Cheers lads – let’s hope Walsall Wood get back to their winning form soon! For the Good of The Wood…

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All white now

Coppice Lane, Brownhills, today – Sunday 10th December 2017. Image Kindly supplied by Simon John.

Well, we’ve had a fair bit of snow and it’s looking very festive out there – just a word to say that it’s safe to assume any events advertised today are cancelled, and I’ll do my best to update you with school news tomorrow, my commute permitting.

In the meantime, stay in unless necessary, stay warm, watch out for old folks (many are a crack shot with snowballs, National Service training, don’tchkanow) and don’t panic, what will be will be.

Walsall Gritters were out all night and are out now, but grit’s not magic as you can read here at this explanation of it’s limitations posted by Rochdale Council.

Walsall Council issued the following statement this morning:

Good morning,

With snow continuing to fall, the advice is to stay indoors and only venture out if you need to.

Our gritting crews continue to be out. Since the early hours of this morning, they’ve gritted the main highway network 3 times. Ploughs have now been fitted to the lorries to clear snow.

Our winter maintenance plan enables us to grit around 41% of Walsall’s roads (or 218 / 532 miles of the highway network) and this takes us around 3 to 4 hours each run. There are 6 snow clearance routes and so unfortunately, we can’t grit every road. That’s mainly due to capacity issues and the fact that some side roads are inaccessible for a 7.5 to 10 tonne lorry, but also grit only works when enough cars trample on it.

We know there will always be some who will say they’ve not seen a gritter and therefore question if we’ve been out: but we have (three times since 2am this Sunday morning) and will be throughout the day.

Unfortunately, grit doesn’t work miracles. One of the key problems with gritting is the lack of traffic can make it less effective. Snow and ice on motorways and main roads clears relatively quickly, but salt will sit idle on streets where there are fewer vehicles.

Salt is stored at our grit barn in Brownhills and at the start of the winter maintenance season (1 November) we had around 3,000 tonnes of grit.

As of yet, nobody knows which schools will be open, what public transport will run or whether the bins will be emptied, so settle down folks and let’s see.

My sympathies and thoughts with the emergency services, carers, gritted folks and all those having to work today. Stay safe people.

It might rain and be gone by morning!

Streets Corner, Walsall Wood, today – Sunday 10th December 2017. Image Kindly supplied by Helen Lago.

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2017 Christmas events this weekend!

Finally, Christmas weather for Christmas! Anglesey basin, 5:45pm Friday, 8th December 2017.

Right, I’m going to be busy this weekend – come on, the weather is too good to stay indoors! In the meantime, here’s a bunch of Christmas events assembled by readers on Facebook for this weekend- if you have any to add please do get in touch.

I obviously give no guarantees of their quality or whether they’ll actually go ahead, so contact organisers if concerned beforehand.

First up: Courtesy of Councillor John Preece, there’s a Carol Concert at Norton Canes Community Centre at 6pm Sunday, 10th December 2017, which is always a good one.

If you want me to plug anything, comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!

They ordered the snow specially…

Running all weekend 9-10th December 2017:

Lichfield’s 2nd Christmas Food Festival bought to you by Cockerhoop Creative & the same team as the August festival!

This event is still fabulously FREE!

Over the two days, expect over 160 amazing high end food, gift & drink stalls to tickle those tastebuds, all around the Lichfield city centre. There will be street entertainment & on Sunday watch out there’s a Santa Dash….hundreds of Santa’s running for charity through the city. Great fun!

Don’t forget the Lichfield BID Nutcracker trail. There will be huge 8 foot colourful Nutcracker Soldiers dotted around the city! Pick up a trail map from the visitors centre in the Library.

This year 3 Spires Shopping Centre will also have an ice rink! Yes an Ice Rink!
Looking forward to seeing all your selfies!

Market opening times:
Sat – 9am to 5pm
Sun – 10am to 4pm.

We promised you bigger & better…this year is going to be FESTIVE FOODTASTIC

Starting 11am Saturday, 9th December 2017:

This is always a nice thing to visit

Saturday 10th December 2017 starting 10am:

This is worth a punt; don’t forget the Lantern Parade at 4pm

Starting at 4pm 10th December 2017:
This event runs from 4pm until 8pm – see the event page on Facebook here:

This looks good – bear in mind it’s an evening event

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