Freeze creates havoc across Sheffield

Bins on Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield which have not been collected due to the snowy coniditions

Bins on Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield which have not been collected due to the snowy coniditions

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Bins across Sheffield were overflowing with festive waste today after collections were disrupted by the snow and ice chaos.

Waste collections – already altered to take account of Christmas – have been delayed to homes all over the city while workers fought to catch up with the backlog.

Yesterday, blue bins and boxes due for collection in areas were not emptied, although Sheffield Council contractor Veolia said it was ‘attempting’ black bin collections scheduled for Ecclesall Road and Fulwood.

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The council said areas affected by the lack of blue bin collections included Whirlow, Sharrow Vale, Bradway, Dore, Totley, Milhouses, Brincliffe, Carter Knowle and Nether Edge.

Black bin collections in Manor and Abbeydale, postponed from Saturday due to snow, were continuing yesterday and alternative arrangements are being made for blue bin collections due on the same day.

While council chiefs said staff were ‘working to get collections back on track’, some families said they were struggling and blamed a lack of gritting in their community.

Natasha Green, posting on The Star’s Facebook page yesterday, said: “There’s been nothing in Ecclesall today; all bins are out but no collection.

“People are having shopping delivered though.”

Mum Emma Bolsover said: “We are a family of five and are overflowing with rubbish.

“We recycle as much as possible, but are still struggling. Had my shopping delivered, by Morrisons so why can’t the bin lorries get out?”

However, Jennifer Carter said: “It’s a bin, get over it. I would rather have a full bin then see a person knocked over and killed due to an out-of-control bin wagon.”

And a Darnall resident said: “A big thank you to the crew that got down my ice-covered street with cars parked either side to empty the bins. They even took black bags that were left out.”

Veolia urged residents to leave their bins on the street until they have been emptied.

Binmen will collect bagged extra black bin waste and small amounts of extra cardboard at the side of blue boxes or bins.

Coun Jayne Dunn, council cabinet member for environment, said: “We are sorry for the delays to waste and recycling collections and are working to get these back on track as soon as we can.”

Francis Drew, Veolia contract manager, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank residents for their patience.

“We hope the milder conditions forecast towards the end of the week will mean we can recover collections missed with the snow and ongoing icy conditions.”

Bus services were also disrupted by the weather, with many altered to new routes.

First said the 56 service from Park Hill to Wybourn was suspended and Stagecoach said there were also disruptions to its routes in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

The council said it was working ‘around the clock’ to keep the city moving.

A spokesman said: “We have continued to monitor the road conditions and our fleet of 18 gritters have gritted main routes as necessary to keep roads safe. We have also started to clear side roads of snow and ice.

“As well as the work to clear snow from side roads, the teams have been clearing snow and gritting pavements around hospitals. We are also checking and filling grit bins across the city.

“We were aware snow was forecast on Boxing Day and therefore gritted in advance. We have used more than 1,000 tonnes of salt since Friday.”

In Rotherham, the council said that low temperatures would mean snow remained and ice would be the main problem. The authority has 10 gritters ‘working around the clock’, a spokesman said. Teams are also filling grit bins, supporting bin collections and hospital transport.

Coun Mahroof Hussain, cabinet member for environment, said teams were working 12-hour shifts and had used 350 tonnes of salt from 6pm Boxing Day until 6pm on Saturday.

He said: “The gritting crews had less than two hours’ notice of the snow on Boxing Day, but although they were all on site and ready to go, like all other authorities in the region, they were unable to make precautionary runs because the heavy rain would have washed the salt away.”

Forecasters predict the weather will now turn milder.

Temperatures were forecast to drop as low as – 2C last night, with freezing fog during the early hours. However, they are expected to reach 5C today as the sun shines.

Tomorrow is expected to be slightly warmer at 7C during the day and 5C overnight.

A spokesman from the Meteo Group said it would be more cloudy and breezy.

On New Year’s Day, temperatures are forecast to reach 12C during the day.

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