Back to work for hundreds of stayaways following a night of no snow

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SCHOOLS were forced to close and bin collections were cancelled as snow caused chaos across Bolton.

Several bus routes had to be changed because of the weather and police dealt with a rise in antisocial behaviour complaints — because of people throwing snowballs.

Paramedics were called out to several weather-related incidents and Bolton Mountain Rescue service was on standby to help yesterday.

And temperatures are expected to drop to -5C for the next three days, with the snow predicted to return to Bolton on Friday.

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads and allow more time for journeys as travel has been disrupted.

Schools across the borough were closed as staff struggled to get in and because the school sites themselves were deemed unsafe.

Parents were told on school websites, social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter and via text messages.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The decision to close a school is taken by the headteacher in consideration of the individual circumstances at their own premises.”

Becky Rushton, office manager at Harper Green, added: “We took the decision to close first thing due to the weather.

“Staff were struggling to get in to school. Some pupils arrived but they were sent home as soon as they got here.”

Bin collections were also disrupted, as the council said they could not be collected for health and safety reasons.

Residents who were due to have their bins collected yesterday are asked to put them out again next week.

The hospital said no services were cancelled.

Accident and emergency has not seen particularly high numbers but a few people had been treated after being involved in minor car crashes over the weekend.

Bolton Council staff have been busy gritting all designated routes to try to ease travel disruption.

A council spokesman said: “The gritting teams have been out all day and will be out continuously gritting all the main roads. Our teams have been gritting around the clock since Friday evening to ensure there’s plenty of grit on the roads and to keep Bolton's main roads safe and clear of ice and snow.

“We are monitoring the weather conditions continuously and the council’s fleet of gritting vehicles have completed six full route grits since Friday spreading more than 420 tonnes of grit.

“On a full route grit, we cover 510km of roads around the borough, which is just over half of our total road network, and all the main roads and major bus routes are covered.

“To keep town centres as clear of snow and ice as possible, we have gritted footpaths in Bolton town centre and our outer town centres.

“Grit bins are being refilled and we would like to remind residents that grit in grit bins is for use on the public highway and footpaths but not on driveways. Grit for private use can be purchased from Heaton Fold garden centre in Chorley New Road, near Overdale Crematorium.

“For the latest gritting updates please follow our twitter feed @boltoncouncil and check our website.”

An 11-year-old girl was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution yesterday after a sledging accident at Eatock Lodge at 12.30pm and an 18-year-old man suffered a back injury after coming off a sledge in Hough Lane, Bolton, on Saturday.

A 74-year-old man slipped on ice on Saturday at 5.30pm in Daubhill and was taken to hospital. In Belmont Road on Saturday a 29-year-old woman slipped on ice at 12.45pm and suffered a neck injury.

Bolton Mountain Rescue was involved in an unusual rescue when they had to help pull a car out of snow.

The vehicle was travelling up Winter Hill as a family were going to go sledging, but they went too far off the road and got stuck.

Fortunately the team was out assessing the condition of the road should they be called upon when they spotted the family in difficulty.

Steve Fletcher, of Bolton Mountain Rescue, said: “I think they were quite glad we were passing and able to help.”

As the cold weather is expected to continue for the rest of the week, Bolton CCG is asking healthy people to do their bit by avoiding attending A&E unless it is an emergency and to look out for elderly neighbours, friends and relatives.

Dr Wirin Bhatiani, chairman of Bolton CCG said: “We know each winter we can expect more people to fall ill because of the cold weather. When temperatures fall, this increases the risk of respiratory problems and the number of people who have heart attacks and strokes.

“For this reason we need to ensure A&E and GP surgeries are accessible for the most vulnerable people, and ask others to self-care or visit a pharmacy for advice as a first port of call.

“I would urge people to be good neighbours and make an extra effort to check on your neighbours during the cold snap. Vulnerable older people are more susceptible to the cold‚ so a quick visit to ensure everyone is warm and well can make all the difference.”

People are being urged to keep their home warm and aim for a temperature of 21c in rooms which are used regularly. It is better to leave the heating on longer rather than turning it up higher.

Other advice includes only going out if it is necessary and wearing well-gripping shoes and several layers of clothes.

Good hand hygiene can help prevent the spread of norovirus. If you do have vomiting or diarrhoea, please do not visit your GP or pharmacy, if possible please call ahead first for advice. Please do not visit family or friends in hospitals or nursing homes until you have been clear of any diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms for 48 hours.

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1:38pm Tue 22 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Teachers get paid for ALL the days they take off,do binmen get paid too?One last thought,how many councillors were visable (I can't say working,they don't know the meaning of work)Yesterday.
Teachers get paid for ALL the days they take off,do binmen get paid too?One last thought,how many councillors were visable (I can't say working,they don't know the meaning of work)Yesterday. boltonnut
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1:52pm Tue 22 Jan 13

grimtown says...

Notice how the public sector are the first to down tools., Any excuse to strike close early to hot to cold to windy to much snow too idle. Will the they work this weekend to make up the time NO!

How about teachers shortening the half term to make up for lost time????

I hate teachers nothing but lazy bastards...
Notice how the public sector are the first to down tools., Any excuse to strike close early to hot to cold to windy to much snow too idle. Will the they work this weekend to make up the time NO! How about teachers shortening the half term to make up for lost time???? I hate teachers nothing but lazy bastards... grimtown
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2:06pm Tue 22 Jan 13

RIPPEDOFFTAXPAYER says...

On reading this item I notice that a "council spokesman " refers to a full grit of 510km!
I was under the impression that we still used miles in this country, or am I living in an illusion. Maybe the council would like us to be more European!
I also agree with the comments concerning binmen and teachers - any excuse for a day off. When I was younger schools never closed, irrespective of the weather, you were expected to attend, even if you had to walk.
On reading this item I notice that a "council spokesman " refers to a full grit of 510km! I was under the impression that we still used miles in this country, or am I living in an illusion. Maybe the council would like us to be more European! I also agree with the comments concerning binmen and teachers - any excuse for a day off. When I was younger schools never closed, irrespective of the weather, you were expected to attend, even if you had to walk. RIPPEDOFFTAXPAYER
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2:16pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Sparkiedog1 says...

its time we looked at businesses in the area around a school that is requesting to close.
If business can get in to provide vital services then schools can open.
The school at the end of my street closed, but I made it 7 miles to Wigan and my husband made it to Yorkshire in a HGV
Or is it just an easy excuse they use to have a duvet day
if parents turned around and used lame escuses to not take their kids to school they are reported andpunished what about teachers who cant be bothered

at least open th eschool to aid tjose sparents who do try and if a lesson is not practical let the kids have a fun day, and support those parents who have no choice but to get in to work

I remember walking to school and only very rarely did our school close
if teachers must be made to live close to the school the teach at to provide a full service then so be it and include it in their contract.

They will be bleating soon that parents will be wanting to take their kids out for a holiday and saying"they can't afford to miss school", unless it snows of course or its teacher shopping day "sorry training day"
Lets teach our kids how to make the effort to get to school even iof its not easy so when they get a job they wont just take days off beacuse its raining or its cold or they feel a bit under the weather that way we tackle gross absentism in the work place at the same time in the next generation
its time we looked at businesses in the area around a school that is requesting to close. If business can get in to provide vital services then schools can open. The school at the end of my street closed, but I made it 7 miles to Wigan and my husband made it to Yorkshire in a HGV Or is it just an easy excuse they use to have a duvet day if parents turned around and used lame escuses to not take their kids to school they are reported andpunished what about teachers who cant be bothered at least open th eschool to aid tjose sparents who do try and if a lesson is not practical let the kids have a fun day, and support those parents who have no choice but to get in to work I remember walking to school and only very rarely did our school close if teachers must be made to live close to the school the teach at to provide a full service then so be it and include it in their contract. They will be bleating soon that parents will be wanting to take their kids out for a holiday and saying"they can't afford to miss school", unless it snows of course or its teacher shopping day "sorry training day" Lets teach our kids how to make the effort to get to school even iof its not easy so when they get a job they wont just take days off beacuse its raining or its cold or they feel a bit under the weather that way we tackle gross absentism in the work place at the same time in the next generation Sparkiedog1
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3:40pm Tue 22 Jan 13

RIPPEDOFFTAXPAYER says...

Sparkiedog1 wrote:
its time we looked at businesses in the area around a school that is requesting to close.
If business can get in to provide vital services then schools can open.
The school at the end of my street closed, but I made it 7 miles to Wigan and my husband made it to Yorkshire in a HGV
Or is it just an easy excuse they use to have a duvet day
if parents turned around and used lame escuses to not take their kids to school they are reported andpunished what about teachers who cant be bothered

at least open th eschool to aid tjose sparents who do try and if a lesson is not practical let the kids have a fun day, and support those parents who have no choice but to get in to work

I remember walking to school and only very rarely did our school close
if teachers must be made to live close to the school the teach at to provide a full service then so be it and include it in their contract.

They will be bleating soon that parents will be wanting to take their kids out for a holiday and saying"they can't afford to miss school", unless it snows of course or its teacher shopping day "sorry training day"
Lets teach our kids how to make the effort to get to school even iof its not easy so when they get a job they wont just take days off beacuse its raining or its cold or they feel a bit under the weather that way we tackle gross absentism in the work place at the same time in the next generation
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Sparkiedog1[/bold] wrote: its time we looked at businesses in the area around a school that is requesting to close. If business can get in to provide vital services then schools can open. The school at the end of my street closed, but I made it 7 miles to Wigan and my husband made it to Yorkshire in a HGV Or is it just an easy excuse they use to have a duvet day if parents turned around and used lame escuses to not take their kids to school they are reported andpunished what about teachers who cant be bothered at least open th eschool to aid tjose sparents who do try and if a lesson is not practical let the kids have a fun day, and support those parents who have no choice but to get in to work I remember walking to school and only very rarely did our school close if teachers must be made to live close to the school the teach at to provide a full service then so be it and include it in their contract. They will be bleating soon that parents will be wanting to take their kids out for a holiday and saying"they can't afford to miss school", unless it snows of course or its teacher shopping day "sorry training day" Lets teach our kids how to make the effort to get to school even iof its not easy so when they get a job they wont just take days off beacuse its raining or its cold or they feel a bit under the weather that way we tackle gross absentism in the work place at the same time in the next generation[/p][/quote]Well said. RIPPEDOFFTAXPAYER
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9:05pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

Those who can, do, those who can't, teach.

The problem with teachers is narrow mindedness. Most have only ever seen the inside of a classroom. It ought to be compulsory for a teacher to work at a proper job for say 10 years before they could be accepted as a school teacher. That way, they bring more worldly experience to the classroom.
Those who can, do, those who can't, teach. The problem with teachers is narrow mindedness. Most have only ever seen the inside of a classroom. It ought to be compulsory for a teacher to work at a proper job for say 10 years before they could be accepted as a school teacher. That way, they bring more worldly experience to the classroom. Citizen Cane
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8:49am Wed 23 Jan 13

BigDave1985 says...

Absolute **** being spoken, probably same people who cant be arsed clearing the snow outside their properties or rented. Maybe if people stop parking cars in the middle of the street so only an old school mini can get pass. The binmen may have a chance of doing their jobs.

If its so easy being a teacher i reckon get yourself a pgce and have ago at it.
Absolute **** being spoken, probably same people who cant be arsed clearing the snow outside their properties or rented. Maybe if people stop parking cars in the middle of the street so only an old school mini can get pass. The binmen may have a chance of doing their jobs. If its so easy being a teacher i reckon get yourself a pgce and have ago at it. BigDave1985
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10:09am Wed 23 Jan 13

judyben says...

Who taught you to read and write then, Citizen Cane?Like to see you stand up and inspire a disaffected class of sixteen year olds.I think you need to assess your own narrow minded attitude. Teachers do not have a choice -they do not take the decision to close schools. God save us all from the graduates of the University of Life
Who taught you to read and write then, Citizen Cane?Like to see you stand up and inspire a disaffected class of sixteen year olds.I think you need to assess your own narrow minded attitude. Teachers do not have a choice -they do not take the decision to close schools. God save us all from the graduates of the University of Life judyben
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