Here are the latest Kirklees Together newsletters, with weather updates, the chance to win an Ipad, library and home to school transport consultation and more, for my followers to peruse:
MET office has a Yellow weather warning in place between 6am and 6pm
Sunday 21st January.
is likely to move across our area tomorrow (Sunday). The snow is more
likely to affect higher ground, with the additional possibility of rain
falling on already frozen surfaces.
been an really icy day today (20th), rain falling on already frozen
roads leading to lots of ice - and according to the MET office it's
highly likely we will face the same conditions tomorrow (21st),
although it is a forecast.
as some of you may be aware 4 of our gritters crashed due to the ice
this morning. All the drivers are OK and there were no
injuries, but it shows that even highly trained winter drivers can be
will have night patrols out overnight and a full grit of the priority
network at 5am on Sunday. Once that is complete we will have a look
at the forecast and conditions to see what action we take next. We
strongly advise considering how urgent your journey is if the
conditions are similar to Saturday.
more information and updates about gritting actions you can view our
Twitter account - @KirkleesWinter.
A word on
We've used around 2000t
more grit so far this season than we did in the whole of the last
winter season and it's only January! We used 1000t in one day
call it grit but it's actually rock salt (sodium chloride). The salt
lowers the freezing point of the moisture on the road helping to
prevent ice from forming, but when it rains it can wash away - so
when we have rain falling on frozen surfaces it creates a real
good news is that according to the forecast temperatures are due to
get warmer early next week.
a picture of one of our grit piles - just so you know we have plenty
Last year we ran a
free prize draw for people who signed up for a My Kirklees
Account, and linked it to either their council tax, rent, or benefits
account. We're running the competition again - could you be our next
Our budget information
event is a chance for residents to hear the latest information about
your council's budget. You'll also be able to ask your questions
directly to local party leaders and deputy leaders.
masterplan' to go before Kirklees cabinet
Our cabinet member
will be asked to agree a masterplan for housing alongside a sports and
leisure hub at Bradley when they meet next week. The plan includes plans
for 1,500 homes, with continued provision for golf and with new 3G sports
pitches, as well as other community infrastructures.
consider changes to proposed consultation
Following on from
a public consultation last year our cabinet members will be asked
to consider changes to the home to school transport
service and to some support services for disabled children, adults and
You may have problems
accessing our main council website on Sunday 21 January whilst we carry out
some essential maintenance. If you can wait until Monday it should all
be up and running again then, if not we've got a list
of emergency numbers for you on Kirklees Together.
been a challenging day with our crews working to battle the weather.
We've had all 31 gritters out at 7am Tuesday morning, then again at 2pm
and again at teatime. 5 gritters stayed on all day between the main
grits. The road conditions have still made driving challenging with a
large amount of water causing issues.
A6024 Woodhead Road has been closed. Snow signs have been turned on and barriers are in
We will have 4 crews out
overnight Tue/Wed with all 31 gritters out at 5am Wed, but conditions are
likely to be difficult so please think if your journey is essential, if
you do travel please leave plenty of time and drive to the conditions.
For loads more
information and updates please see our Twitter account - @KirkleesWinter.
Snow can cover a
have to admit to 'borrowing' this picture (left) from
Oldham. We have been using images of roads to show that snow
can settle on a gritted route - well Oldham went one better and showed
this photo of snow settling on....a pile of grit.
we say it often on Twitter - but snow on a road (or grit pile) does not
mean it's not been gritted.
looks to be no immediate respite with snow showers and cold weather for
the foreseeable future.
can check on any disruptions to schools or services within Kirklees here.
Our budget information
event on Thursday 25 January, is a chance for residents to hear the latest
information about your council's budget. You'll be able to ask your
questions directly to local party leaders and deputy leaders.
Still need to
apply for a school place in Kirklees?
Parents in Kirklees
are being reminded that they have until 11:59pm on Monday 15 January to
apply for a place in primary school. Find out if you need to apply, how to
choose your child's school, and information about junior school, or middle
Studies Library is hosting a special talk on the Holocaust, on Wednesday 17
January, in the light reading room at 1pm. Jayne Leach, from the University
of Huddersfield, will tell the stories of Holocaust survivors who settled
in Yorkshire using photos and videos.
We want to hear
how you think we should run our libraries
We have recently
launched our consultation on Kirklees libraries. Getting involved with the
small questionnaire, which will take around 10 minutes to fill in, will
help us to gather library users’ views on how the service should be run in
future - the consultation runs until the 2 April.