Advice on offer as snow continues

SNOW and cold weather continues to cause problems for people across the Falkirk Council area. The Council is updating its website daily with the latest information, including advice on roads and travel.

Today (Tuesday), Robert McMaster, head of roads at the Council, said: “A band of powdery snow giving deposits of one to two inches passed over the Falkirk area overnight.  This snow, allied to temperatures of minus 9 degrees caused difficult driving conditions particularly in the west of the area.  Gritting teams were out treating Primary one roads and footpaths from 5 am. Teams from roads, building maintenance and grounds maintenance are working to treat footpaths and roads within the area.  Grounds maintenance will be filling grit bins, building maintenance are tackling footpaths around the high flats, and roads teams will tackle complaints with particular attention to access to shopping areas and schools.”

Keep up-to-date at www.falkirk.gov.uk

The Met Office also posts regular updates – and weather warnings – on its website. Visit: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ta/ta_forecast_weather.html

The Direct Gov website is also providing useful advice on the bad weather http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_174618

Bin collections

BIN collections are trying to get back to normal, with blue and green bins being collected on a fortnightly basis. So if your blue wheelie bin would be put out this week – put your blue bin out as normal (and green bin next week).

If the bin isn’t collected on time, due to bad road conditions, leave it out. Spare crews are going round trying to catch up with collections, so may come round to get it.

Falkirk Council’s neighbourhood services director Stuart Ritchie said: “As you know most main roads are snow/ice free. However most of the side roads (where the majority of our bins are collected from ) are more difficult to access due to snow/ice. It is also worth bearing in mind that crews have to walk on the pavements/roads pulling and pushing bins and its not just an issue of vehicular access.”

Cold weather payments

If you’re on a low income, a Cold Weather Payment may be available to help you for each week of very cold weather in your area. You may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment for each week of very cold weather in your area if you get Pension Credit or income-related Employment and Support Allowance with a support or work related activity component in the main phase. 

The Met Office have notified the Department for Work and Pensions that 2 periods of very cold weather have occurred in the FK3 (Grangemouth) postcode area between 1 November 2009 and 30 December 2009, triggering Cold Weather Payments. The Direct Gov website has more information on this, plus a postcode checker, to see if you’re eligible.

Portions of this material © Crown Copyright.

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