Cold weather alert issued for Borough as temperatures plummet

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Public Health England has issued a cold weather alert for this week as snow and below-freezing temperatures are expected for much of this week.

With severe wintry conditions and very cold weather expected to continue, people are being asked to check in on frail or older relatives or neighbours with a phonecall or socially distanced doorstep visit if they live close by.

Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems.

Advice from Public Health England includes:

  • Heating homes to at least 18 Celsius. If people can’t heat all the rooms they use, it’s important to heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before going to sleep
  • Wearing a few thin layers is better at trapping heat than wearing one thick layer
  • Plenty of hot food and drinks will help people stay warm
  • For people struggling to afford heating bills, Simple Energy Advice (www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk or 0800 444202) provides free advice on energy efficiency and national grants

Gritters out

As well as carrying our standard gritting runs, Bedford Borough Council’s gritting crews are on standby 24/7 to make extra runs at a moment’s notice, spreading salt at the best time, for maximum impact.

Lockdown has made gritting less effective than normal, however, as there are far fewer vehicles around to ‘traffic in’ the salt.

Usually, vehicles using the road crush and spread salt across the road surface and mix it with snow and ice to help it melt.

Gritter lorry snow“We are closely monitoring the weather and our gritting crews are going out to make our roads as safe as possible for those people undertaking essential travel,” said Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Highways.

“Everyone is encouraged to stay at home as much as they can.”

You can get forecasts and updates from the gritting crews throughout the winter at bedford.gov.uk/winterupdates and @grittertweets on Twitter.

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