Schools closures are snow joke – councillor

Buxton, first snows
Buxton, first snows
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THE first snow of the winter fell in the High Peak this week and caused disruption for motorists and residents.

The plummeting temperatures and ice led to treacherous driving conditions for people making their way to work on both Monday and Tuesday with many parents having to make alternative arrangements for their children after some schools were closed.

Buxton county councillor Robin Baldry has slammed the school closures. “I just think it’s absolutely disgraceful,” he said. “All these parents had to take time out of work to look after their children. It’s the first snow we’ve had and even though it wasn’t all that heavy, schools are closed. It’s gone beyond a joke.”

Several roads including the A537 Cat and Fiddle, the A53 Leek Road and the A57 Snake Pass, were closed while others were open and just passable with extreme care.

Many people in the area have again criticised the lack of gritting on the roads but a Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said: “We have been busy gritting and clearing snow from roads across the county over the past two days – particularly in the High Peak.

“Rain has caused problems in some areas by washing away grit on the roads. This has meant we have repeatedly treated roads in the High Peak area. We gritted a total of five times in 23 hours from Sunday morning.”

The Met Office is warning of the possibility of further snow later in the week.