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Severe Weather update
Wednesday 23rd December, 2009

Continued freezing conditions overnight have prompted Wigan Council to suspend bin collections for a third day running.

But Wigan Council’s waste collection team has reassured the public that staff will be working hard over the Christmas holiday to deal with any backlog of waste.

Once again the council is urging everyone to check their collection calendar because missed bins will be taken on the next scheduled collection round.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Environment, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “Like many areas across the country we are experiencing a prolonged period of freezing weather which is making it potentially hazardous for our bin lorries to get down residential streets.

“We have asked residents to please bear with and they have done so. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding and we are doing all we can under difficult circumstances.”

Residents are asked to bag up any excess rubbish they may have and leave it next their bin ready for the next collection.

Meanwhile cleansing staff have been working hard manually gritting pavements throughout the borough’s town centres. Supplies of salt and grit have been continuing to come into the council’s depot with another delivery expected today.

The council’s fleet of 11 gritting vehicles were fitted with snow ploughs during the height of the bad weather. They have gritted through the night, working in temperatures below minus 5 degrees to ensure the main routes through the borough were passable each morning. Thousands of tonnes of grit have been spread onto the network.

However engineers say they will have to wait until this afternoon’s further expected flurry of snowfall before re-commencing the gritting process.

Yesterday, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust announced that Haigh Hall was to be closed. Astley’s RC Secondary School, St Marys, closed a day early and refuse collection services have been suspended all week.

Cllr Molyneux adds: “Where possible we have deployed staff to undertake other duties such as manual gritting but people must remember that council workers are suffering from the same problems as everyone else due to bad weather and that can include getting to work.

“We appreciate it is frustrating but we are doing our very best and we urge everyone to check for regular updates by looking at the council’s website.”

For more information on Waste and Recycling in Wigan Borough, including Christmas collection days, please visit Wigan Council’s Waste Recycling section, or you can call the Environmental Services helpline 01942 404364 for an update.

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