Sunday, 21 January 2018

Kirklees Together

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:


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Latest Update:Weather warning.

warningThe MET office has a Yellow weather warning in place between 6am and 6pm Sunday 21st January.
Snow 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.

Ice Ice Maybe...

It's 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.
Now 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 caught out.
We 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. 
For more information and updates about gritting actions you can view our Twitter account - @KirkleesWinter

A word on grit.

grit pileWe'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 (last Tuesday).
We 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 challenge.
The good news is that according to the forecast temperatures are due to get warmer early next week.  
Here's a picture of one of our grit piles - just so you know we have plenty left!

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ANOTHER chance to win an iPad

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 winner?

Win an iPad

Kirklees Council budget information event

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.

Come along to the event

'Bradley 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.

Read more about the plans

Cabinet will 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 older people.

See the proposed changes

Planned maintenance to Kirklees Council website

It downtime
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. 

Emergency contacts

Due to planned maintenance work on Sunday 21 January - you may not be able to access the council website.


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Latest Update:

gritter2It's 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.
The A6024 Woodhead Road has been closed. Snow signs have been turned on and barriers are in place.

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 gritted road...

I 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.
So we say it often on Twitter - but snow on a road (or grit pile) does not mean it's not been gritted.

Weather Forecast:

winter2There looks to be no immediate respite with snow showers and cold weather for the foreseeable future.
You can check on any disruptions to schools or services within Kirklees here.

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Kirklees Council budget information event

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.

Come along to the event

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 schools.

Apply for your child's place

Holocaust survivors who settled in Yorkshire

Huddersfield Local 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.

Attend the talk

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.

Tell us your views


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