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We Are Barnsley's Snow Survival Guide

Friday January 18 2013

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MORE gritting has been taking place across the borough's roads as the snow fall starts in Barnsley again. 

The council has announced a plan for the weekend - saying that waste collection teams will work tomorrow as normal, having shared the Saturday bin collection routes with Highways so they can assist with gritting the routes.

Neighbourhood Services have recruited staff to clear footpaths and spread grit which has been going on today and the areas allocated as a priority and more will come in tomorrow for the shopping areas in the town centre.

The town centre car parks will also be cleared on Saturday morning.

This page is where we will be updating what we know throughout about anything affecting the borough caused by snow - so keep checking back.

If you've heard of a problem, you can tell us by commenting int he box below and we will share it.

Awaiting information

All bus services are currently running as normal.

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Reply Posted by Susan Quinn on Friday January 18 2013 at 07:45
Holy trinity school open

Reply Posted by Bec Taylor-lund on Friday January 18 2013 at 08:02
Buses running as normal so that means a 30 min wait for a 66 they never run every 10 mins like there supposed to lol

Reply Posted by nicola on Friday January 18 2013 at 08:02
My kids aren't going because if I get them to school when it starts snowing again around 11am they end up stopping buses I cant pick them back up

Reply Posted by mags on Friday January 18 2013 at 08:05
is smithy lane college definetly open today

Reply Posted by jayne whitehead on Friday January 18 2013 at 08:08
Richard Newman school open

Reply Posted by Barry Smith on Friday January 18 2013 at 08:22
Some roads are bad. Thankfully both my children are sick, as i cannot even get the car, up the side road, onto the main road, so they would not be at school anyway. The advice is DON'T travel unless you have to and BE PREPARED. Keep up the good work WAB.

Reply Posted by JOHN on Friday January 18 2013 at 10:50

Reply Posted by Jess on Friday January 18 2013 at 11:19
It's snow, it's not the firey pits of hades! Put some wellies on your kids and let them go out in the stuff. Me and my three year old are waiting for the good stuff so we can spend all day in it, I bet he won't even get a cold from it.

Reply Posted by greenginger on Friday January 18 2013 at 11:30
Just make sure that your kids have a good coat, hat, gloves, snowboots and if they are in their teens they are capable of walking home from school. Or let them have a mobile that can be switched on outside school to call you. We mollicoddle children today.

Reply Posted by Billy boy on Friday January 18 2013 at 12:53
Snow is one of natures nasty tricks

Reply Posted by me on Friday January 18 2013 at 15:21
bet they dont grit pathways on school st/merril rd area in thurnscoe---someone slipped this morning on school street thurnscoe asd a bus was coming down the hill--a little further to road and they wouldve been under bus--never mind barnsley council saying there doing things as they do opposite

Reply Posted by mr x on Friday January 18 2013 at 15:41
all schools are closed now

Reply Posted by Gabe on Friday January 18 2013 at 15:42
Huddersfield Road FootPaths Incredibly Slippy Had To Call An Ambulance For A Woman with her husband and may of broke something this was at quarter to three when i was on my way home from school.

Reply Posted by For real on Friday January 18 2013 at 15:54
I don't mean to be rude or offend anyone but I really can't believe people are keeping their children off school because of this - roads are clear! Once in a blue moon do ALL buses stop running and what is wrong with getting wrapped up and walking? Yes it might take more than 5 minutes but needs must sometimes!
Poor excuse and its a bed example to set to the children - that excuse won't work when they grow up and get a job

Reply Posted by Barry Smith on Friday January 18 2013 at 16:11
It is not as easy as you say. My daughters live 5 miles away from their superschool and this morning i would not have been able to get the car out, due to the ice on the side road. When they were at Priory we could walk them to school and then they would get a late mark, if they were not at school on time. They have been off sick today due to them being up all night being sick due to how cold Shafton ALC is or they would have been off .

Reply Posted by liz braham on Friday January 18 2013 at 16:12
Well said!

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday January 18 2013 at 17:19
I was just about to say I 100% agree & say that maybe a few detentions or even a fine were in order, but then I had a think and I have to say that the schools themselves close at the drop of a hat these days just because teachers might find it hard to get to school or get home. So i'll just 95% agree!

Reply Posted by SAM on Friday January 18 2013 at 17:43
where are the gritters roads around hoyland getting bad... came back from worsbrough asda up skiers view nearly had accident in car as the road was bad...shame on council what are we paying council tax for if not to grit the roads..

Reply Posted by jen on Friday January 18 2013 at 17:54
well my daughter went to school as wasn't that bad today and i think if teachers can get into school then children can too

Reply Posted by Donna on Friday January 18 2013 at 17:57
On bus home from town bus driver just said that once the busses are back at depo there being stopped

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday January 18 2013 at 18:54
my wife has just driven from Sheffield where the roads have been gritted but at Birdwell roundabout the gritting has stopped and the dearne valley parkway is not clear..I don't know about the rest of Barnsley but need to take Daughter to town centre in 15 mins for work

Reply Posted by stuart on Friday January 18 2013 at 18:59
Apparently all buses are stopping once they reached the depot

Reply Posted by Zena on Friday January 18 2013 at 20:03
Is it right buses have stopped running is this official

Reply Posted by michelle cooper on Friday January 18 2013 at 20:10
my name is michelle cooper i have catched 66 bus to go to elsecar i lived at bottom of cherry tree street and i come back home from barnsley and the 66 bus what i was on it got stuck on top of barber street in hoyland and i have to walk from barber street to my house on bottom of cherry tree street elsecar and i found the road is really bad the council should gritted the side road and the pavements.

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday January 18 2013 at 20:44
How much are you willing to pay to have side streets & pavements gritted?

Reply Posted by craig on Friday January 18 2013 at 20:16
Dont know if its official but ive not seen 1 leave the station in half an hour.

Reply Posted by greenginger on Friday January 18 2013 at 20:25
I hope English is not your first language Michelle or else .......

Reply Posted by les on Saturday January 19 2013 at 02:43
You would think that after 20,000 years britains would be better organised after all
it snows for about 2 to 10 days every year between november and may in that time. when it is bad everybody gets in there cars
and goes somewhere even people who may not need to go out.still get in there cars and drive there kids to school that may only be a quarter of a mile away.they will go to supermarkes and stock up with food to last a month...what is wrong with people....when thy forecast the odd gale force wind and advise high sided trucks to stay off theroads you find trucks and caravans onthere sides all over the country....what was the point in going to school it never taught you common sense

Reply Posted by les on Saturday January 19 2013 at 02:53
And for better imformation
all the buses were running through birdwell and the roads were clear and gritted i know iwatched them from am to 10 pm from work and of course you wouldnt really expect the 66 to run its full route on bad days from hoyland to elsecar ats all down hill and steep at that. the drivers and company are in touch and have to asses danger and hazards for the safety of its passengers...think about it

Reply Posted by concerned resident on Saturday January 19 2013 at 07:37
hope highways going to keep it up gritting streets round carnforth rd monkbretton lytham ave area as it is treachorous keep it safe for all these elderly residents in bungalows and houses and thanks for doing them yesterday 3rd time in 34yrs thankyou

Reply Posted by kirsty on Saturday January 19 2013 at 08:59
Does any1 know whats happening with the buses today ?

Reply Posted by julie on Saturday January 19 2013 at 10:32
are buses running today please i need to get to barnsley from goldthorpe?

Reply Posted by joanna on Saturday January 19 2013 at 21:55
As if schools closed and buses stopped because of 2 inches of snow!! Everyone panics when it snows and its so stupid, if you can't get a car out in 2 inches then there are some serious problems. Afew years ago when it was up to our knees, fair enough that's understandable but it hasn't been as bad since so everyone get a grip!

Reply Posted by Sarah on Saturday January 19 2013 at 22:04
Will you please grit wood street barnsley it never gets done

Reply Posted by Sarahb on Sunday January 20 2013 at 03:01
I used to live near Princess street in town & work at Hoyland. I managed to drive in the snow when we last had severe snow as an inexperienced driver n i did it no probs & was safe. If u cannot drive in this then u should all have ur licences removed. Do u tell ur kids not to go to school when it rains in case they slip on pavement??? Ohhhh no.... coz again its the weather so it must be councils fault if it rains or snows!!!!

Reply Posted by anon on Monday January 21 2013 at 08:52
Why can't some people get a grip! There are so many roads in Barnsley, it's impossible for the Council to grit each and every one of them. If communities helped each other it would be less of a problem! Stop waiting for the Council to do everything for you! How do the people that drive the gritters get to work to be able to grit the roads in the first place - does anyone spare a thought for them?

Reply Posted by amy on Monday January 21 2013 at 09:08
Birkwood primary school is closed in cudworth