Refuse and recycling collections in Exeter had to be cancelled again today (Tuesday, December 21) because of dangerous road conditions.
Exeter City Council cancelled the collections because of safety concerns following Monday morning’s exceptionally heavy snow falls. The council use 26-tonne vehicles to collect refuse from around the city and driving on heavy and often compacted snow can be hazardous. This was demonstrated at the Council’s Materials Reclamation Facilty in Exton Road, where two workers slipped on ice, breaking an ankle and a finger respectively.
People affected have been advised to fetch in their bins/bags and wait for their next scheduled collection. Christmas and New Year collection details are posted on the website and in the winter edition of the Exeter Citizen.
The council had to suspend all its scheduled housing repairs yesterday (Monday, December 20) and was responding only to emergencies. All work was prioritised with elderly and vulnerable tenants being dealt with first. Despite the conditions several workers managed to struggle in and the council managed to get to every urgent job. Gas engineers dealt with 40 breakdowns so that tenants could have heat and hot water. The council is hoping to get to those tenants who had missed appointments over the next few days.
Despite the inclement weather, staff have managed to keep a number of car parks in the city open for business. The following facilities are open with some restrictions:
- Guildhall (apart from top two exposed decks)
- Mary Arches (apart from top two exposed decks)
- King William Street (multi-storey section)
- Cathedral & Quay (apart from top two exposed decks)
Although Monday’s performance of Snow White and the Seven Seven Dwarfs at the Corn Exchange was cancelled the show goes ahead today as scheduled. Tomorrow’s (Wednesday) Craft Market in Castle and Thursday’s Farmers’ Market are both expected to go ahead.