Snow causes chaos in Rutland

Snow on Oakham High Street
Snow on Oakham High Street
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HEAVY snowfall in the early hours of Wednesday morning brought Oakham to a standstill.

Gritters from Rutland County Council carried out their usual salting runs along the main routes on Tuesday night but snowfall in the early hours, left the roads treacherous.

A car veered off the road near the tip in Burley Road, Cottesmore, at about 7.20am but the driver wasn’t injured and there were also reports of lorries getting into difficulties on the hills around the county.

Council spokesman Chris Jones said: “The gritters were out all night but it does present a problem for us when the snow falls early in the morning.

“It doesn’t matter how much grit you put down if it snows again.

“We are working hard to clear the main routes, particularly the hills at Barnsdale, Manton and Cottesmore.”

He said the snow ploughs had been operating and farmers were also helping to clear the village routes.

He added: “It is all hands to the pump to clear Rutland of snow.”

There was also disruption to the town centre bus services with the Kimes Buses suspended during the morning and Veolia services were only running on the main routes.

Bin collections were also stopped today (Wednesday) and the rubbish tips in Burley Road, Cottesmore and Willoughby Road in Morcott were also closed for the day.

Casterton Childcare Centre was closed and after the schools broke up for the Christmas term last week, children were spotted making the most of the snowy weather with many sledging or building snowmen.

Forecasters were also predicting light snow showers for Thursday.

For information on how the snow is affecting Rutland visit www.rutland.gov.uk or www.rutland-times.co.uk.