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Storm Emma brings driving snow and high winds to Bradley Stoke

Posted on Friday 2nd March 2018 at 12:53 am by SH (Editor)

Blizzard conditions at the Willow Brook Centre.

Bradley Stoke was hit by Arctic conditions on Thursday (1st March) as two meteorological features clashed over the West of England. As predicted by an earlier ‘amber’ weather warning, Storm Emma combined with the ‘Beast from the East’ to produce significant quantities of fine snow and biting winds from around midday. Temperatures hovered around minus 3C throughout the day, not to mention the additional ‘wind chill’ factor.

Most local schools ended up closing early, as did many stores at the Willow Brook shopping centre.

Driving conditions were poor, despite South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) attempts to keep the main roads clear. There were reports that the strong winds were blowing the grit off road surfaces, rendering it ineffective.

A notable troublespot for motorists was the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass, where vehicles struggled to get up the incline between Hambrook Lane and the railway bridge in the snowy conditions. Readers reported seeing cars skidding and sliding, with some drivers having to abandon their cars at the side of the road and walk.

First West of England suspend all its bus services from around 6pm and says they will remain suspended overnight and until at least 7am on Friday. A spokesperson said: “From 6am we will be assessing routes to determine whether we can run any services on this day.”

SGC announced the cancellation of kerbside waste and recycling collections that were due take place on Friday. No replacement collections will be made, although the council says that anyone who was due to have a black bin collection will be allowed to put out two sacks of residual waste alongside their black bin when it is next collected on 16th March.

All four of SGC’s Sort It recycling centres will also be closed until 8.30am on Sunday 4th March.

All Bradley Stoke schools have announced that they will not be opening on Friday 2nd March.

The current ‘amber’ warning of wind and snow lasts until 8am on Friday. Additionally, there is a ‘yellow’ warning of snow and ice for the whole of the day.

More photos: 2018-03-01 Snow (BSJ Facebook)

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Heavy snow closes schools and disrupts travel

Posted on Friday 18th January 2013 at 12:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Snow: Traffic tailed back to the Willow Brook Centre on Bradley Stoke Way.

Heavy falls of snow have led to the closure of all schools in Bradley Stoke today (Friday 18th) and disrupted travel throughout the area.

The snow arrived, as predicted, in the early hours and continued throughout the morning rush hour. The Met Office reported that 7cm of snow had been recorded at Filton Airfield by 9am.

News about which schools were closed was difficult to come by as the South Gloucestershire Council website failed under the heavy load of requests but by 8am it was clear that none of the seven schools in Bradley Stoke would be opening.

First Group initially said its buses were running but announced at around 7:30am that it was suspending all Bristol services. Wessex Connect similarly cancelled all its services due to “dangerous conditions”.

Accidents on the motorways led to the M4 being closed for a time between junctions 19 and 18 (eastbound) and the M5 being restricted to the hard shoulder only between junctions 15 and 14 (northbound).

For the latest news, check our Snow Watch page and follow the Bradley Stoke Journal on Twitter (@TheBSJournal).

Despite the ongoing snowfall, children were out building snowmen as soon as it was light. Our photographer spotted an early one made by Darcy, Felicity and Penelope in Wheatfield Drive just after 9am (below).

Darcy, Felicity, Penelope and dad Kevin with their snowman in Wheatfield Drive.

As the snow eases off, many children and families are heading to the slopes for a spot of tobogganing.

There are more photos of this morning’s snow in Bradley Stoke on PicasaWeb.

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‘Snowball’ the gritter on standby this weekend

Posted on Friday 3rd February 2012 at 6:02 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council's fleet of gritters

‘Snowball’ the gritting vehicle is on standby this weekend after weather forecasts showed an increased likelihood of snow through Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The vehicle, one of eleven new gritting vehicles recently purchased by South Gloucestershire Council, was given its name by pupils at Baileys Court Primary School following a district-wide ‘name your gritter’ competition.

The competition was staged as part of a campaign to highlight the importance of winter road safety and the vital role of the winter gritting fleet.

The Council’s gritters treat approximately 14,000 miles of South Gloucestershire’s roads each year and the new vehicles use state-of-the-art technology to ensure fast and effective gritting coupled with lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions and more effective use of road salt.

More than 6,000 tonnes of salt – enough for an entire winter’s gritting in South Gloucestershire and sufficient to cover more than 40,000 miles of roads – are currently held in storage and the winter maintenance team uses a sophisticated forecasting system to anticipate weather conditions and plan salt runs.

Read more: Council readies gritters for weekend snow

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Bin collections running a week behind schedule due to snow

Posted on Monday 18th January 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Bins Await Collection in Bradley StokeRefuse and recycling collections in Bradley Stoke are running a whole week behind schedule as a result of the recent wintry weather.

South Gloucestershire Council says it has “temporarily suspended green bin collections to allow crews to concentrate on the black bin waste”.

The combined effect of the Christmas holiday and recent bad weather means that black bins that would normally have been emptied on Friday 8th January were in fact collected last Friday (15th January).

A notice posted on the Council’s website on Friday (15th January) reads:

“Today, most crews are collecting the black bin waste from Friday 8th January (which would normally have been collected on Monday 11th January  according to the revised holiday schedule but have been delayed by weather conditions).”

“In some areas we are running behind this schedule because the roads are too dangerous to access but in other areas we are beginning to catch up slowly. For this reason it is impossible for us to say with certainty when we will be able to get to any specific property.”

“The best advice we can give at the moment is to put your black bins out for collection according to the Christmas holiday schedule and we will get to you as soon as we possibly can. We are catching up but it is slow and variable progress.”

Dry recycling (green box) collections are also said to be running a whole week late.

The Council says it plans to start picking green bins up again in the week commencing Monday 25th January.

Householders are reminded that they may take waste to the Council’s Sort It! centres, the nearest being Little Stoke.

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