Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Get ready for the cold snap


The weather is set to get even colder in the next few days so help us make sure that Wallington is ready for the potential frost or snow.

Hopefully many of you will have taken advantage of the free grit offer and have your supply on standby to grit your driveways and footpaths.

Please help you and your neighbours by checking that your nearest grit bin is topped up with grit. You can find your nearest grit bin locations on the council website. Just enter your address on the Local Services page. If the bin needs topping up note the bin number and location and use the Report It function on the council home page to report it. Feel free to use the grit in the bins for slippery pavements or residential roads that the gritters don’t usually get around to. The gritting lorries will be prioritising main transport routes, areas outside schools, GP surgeries and health centres, high streets and care homes

Muhammad, Steve and myself have reported any drains that have not coped with the rain so that they are cleaned ready for any further rain or snow melt, including the big puddle in Wallington Square. If you notice any others again use the report it function on the council website to get these attended to.

Thames Water have been in touch with councils and advised the following:

“As well as the possibility of flooding, the cold weather can bring more bursts and leaks on our clean water pipes. As soon as water entering our reservoirs drops below 5 degrees Celsius, we see an increase in leaks and bursts as cast iron pipes contract. If you or your residents see any leaks please report these to us as soon as possible via our 24 hour freephone leak line 0800 714 614, or
www.thameswater.co.uk or Twitter @thameswater.”

And of course don’t forget to check on any elderly neighbours to make sure they have supplies and are able to keep healthy and warm.

There is more information about being prepared for the wintry weather at the Winter Information Centre on the council website.

You can check whether your child’s school is closed due to severe weather using the OpenCheck tool.

The AA has useful advice for driving in cold and wintry conditions.

Stay safe and help others by reporting any problems you come across.

Jayne, Steve & Muhammad


January 14, 2016 - Posted by | Information | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you so much for this imformation.regards Anne Chohan

    Comment by Anne Chohan | January 14, 2016 | Reply

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