Leeds bin collections suspended by council after heavy snow batters city

Leeds City Council have suspended refuse collections to due to heavy snow across the city today (Thursday).

The city has woken up to a blanket of snow with the conditions bringing difficulties for motorists across West Yorkshire.

Overnight temperatures have plummeted to a frosty 1C and are set to drop further from 9am with snow expected to fall until 7pm this evening.

Motorists are advised of possible delays on their journeys this morning, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for ice and snow for the area.

There is also a possibility of cancelled rail services and people are advised to be careful on the roads and pavements.

And with vehicles seen unable to drive down some areas in the city, the council have announced that refuse collections have been stood down for the day.

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A statement from Leeds City Council read: “Due to heavy snow creating unsafe driving and walking conditions on many residential streets, and with the forecast for further heavy snowfall, refuse collections have been stood down for the remainder of today.

“Those residents who didn’t get their bins emptied today are advised to put their bins out again for a planned Sunday collection, when crews will try to collect as many missed bins as possible.

“Also closing early today are all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Residents with a slot booked today are advised to please rebook.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the decision has been made in the interests of customer and staff safety and also following Police travel advice.

“Leeds City Council staff will be continuing to work throughout the day to ensure that primary routes in the city and areas around key facilities such as vaccination centres continue to be gritted.”

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