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Events cancelled as spring blizzards hit Bradford
Blizzard conditions continued to wreak havoc in the Bradford district today with the cancellation of major events across the weekend.
Victims of the heavy snow and freezing temperatures include the Reflections day-long arts festival to mark the first anniversary of the official opening of City Park and Bradford City FC’s home match against Bristol Rovers.
And organisers of the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k run due to take place tomorrow were forced to postpone the charity fundraiser until next month due to underfoot conditions in the city centre.
It all added to the chaos caused yesterday – particularly at schools of which more than 170 were shut across the district leading to the councillor in charge of education to demand that head teachers be held more to account for making the decisions to close. Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s executive member responsible for children and young people’s services, said: “We can't tell schools whether they should open or not. It is up to the individual head teacher but we can try to hold them to account.
“We have got some disparities here about the number of schools shut in Bradford, there weren't many open.
“It does seem to depend on where teachers live and if they can get in. We tried last year to get schools to have a Plan B and make alternative arrangements such as organising other activities in case of bad snow but people are more worried about getting themselves through the next Ofsted.
“If it's not safe, it's not safe but we do need to have a little more clarity about why schools decide to shut.”
Bradford Council crews were continuing today to work round the clock in 12- hour shifts gritting and ploughing all major routes. All resources from the Council’s cleansing and parks departments have also been used to support the clearing of roads and footways.
The snow and icy conditions have been forecast to continue until well into tomorrow with March set to be the coldest for 50 years.
Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, said last night: “We closely monitor the weather forecasts and even in March our gritters are on standby to react to the conditions. I am aware the snow has affected some refuse collections in the district. We will, weather permitting make arrangement to collect any missed recycling collections on Monday, March 25, and any missed refuse bins and residual waste on the next Friday collection date which is March 29.
“Our staff work really hard to ensure the district's roads stay as safe as possible. We still have plenty of grit stocks left so all our 26 wagons will be out concentrating on the primary routes to try to keep traffic flowing.”
Office manager Samantha Taylor reported every member of staff had successfully made it in – even those living in Rochdale and York.
She said a high number of pupils had also turned up for class on time with lessons running to a normal timetable.
“We will always endeavour to open for our pupils as long as we can give them access to education, a warm building and a hot meal – we’re happy to let the world know that its something we will absolutely do our best to achieve - as long as it is safe,” she said.
In Calderdale there were 18 confirmed closures out of its 101 schools – however Kirklees schools were also hit hard with 150 out of 200 shut because of the return of wintry conditions.