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Council services: update as at 11.30 3/2/09

February 3, 2009

Updated heavy snow 3nd February 11:30hrs

Environmental Services

Gritting: All routes were completed from 5am this morning with no issues reported. The next gritting of all planned routes will be at 7pm this evening with the one after that being at 5am Wednesday morning – both of these subject to confirmation pending changes in the weather reports.

London Buses are running services on all routes with reduced frequencies on some.

Key routes to all schools are being gritted from later this morning.

Refuse and Recycling will commence tomorrow, collecting from properties scheduled for Monday. Collections will run two days late for the remainder of the week i.e. working Saturday and Sunday. Information will be posted on the web site.

The Waste Transfer Station is open today.

Parking: All on-street enforcement was suspended on Monday 2nd February due to weather conditions. Enforcement patrols are in action today (Tuesday 3rd February) but are concentrating on main routes and town centre areas where roads are cleared of snow and vehicles do not appear to be stranded or abandoned. The Parking shop was closed yesterday as staff were unable to get into work.  It is open and fully staffed today.

Salt bins: there have been some reports of salt bins being empty.  Veolia will re-stock these in the next 48 hours.

Learning and children’s Services,

Schools: all of RBK’s  schools will be closed today.  Hopefully depending on the weather schools will open tomorrow.

Leisure centres: all of the borough leisure centres will be open today from 10:00am

Community services

Meals on Wheels

Mobile Meals will be delivered to clients via RBK minibuses and escorts.   Meals will also be delivered to those clients who require them, who would have attended the Day Centres at Amy Woodgate and Newent House which are closed today.

Registry Office, Coombe Road: the office is open

Cemeteries and Crematorium

The Crematorium was closed yesterday and today, which was pre planned.

Funeral directors are aware of access problems and there is parking available on Bonner Hill Road.

Day care: All Council Day centres are  closed


All key services are adequately covered and we should be able to provide a virtually normal service

Kingston Hospital

Yesterday the hospital was unable to discharge patients.  Discharges are planned today subject to assessment.  The Hospital social work team  is operating as normal.

Information for residents

Information is being updated on the RBK Internet and intranet.

Radio Jackie informed of traffic and service issues


We are no longer receiving severe weather warnings from the Met Office.  There are expected to be light snow showers over the next few days. It will however remain very cold (below freezing) until the end of the week.   If this forecast changes then appropriate actions will be taken.

Given the weather outlook and the resumption of most RBK services we will not be sending any further updates unless the situation changes.

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