Snow scenes across town

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - KAREN BRIT­TON

SNOW caused dis­rup­tion for res­i­dents and in­spi­ra­tion for pho­tog­ra­phers af­ter a cold snap hit the town.

The blan­ket of snow left pretty scenes for keen pho­tog­ra­phers who sent their snowy snaps to the Ex­press.

But the snow didn’t please ev­ery­one. Most of Macclesfield’s schools closed due to snow, with at least 20 shut­ting their doors. Roads be­came grid­locked and cars were aban­doned dur­ing the dis­rup­tion.

In an on­line poll by the Ex­press, 4,391 votes were cast re­lat­ing to ques­tions about the weather.

The poll found that 482 out of 848 peo­ple who re­sponded - 57 per cent - thought the schools shut too quickly. Of 781 peo­ple, 274 had to leave work early to pick up chil­dren from school - 31pc, and al­most 60 peo­ple out of 109 said they had been snowed in.

Tony Jack­son said on Face­book: “Only a bit of snow yes­ter­day, no need to close schools.”

Polly Chap­man said: “The schools have to make a de­ci­sion based on the amount of snow. You have to think of staff who may not live in town.”

In the poll, 763 peo­ple out of 899 who re­sponded - 85pc - were not happy with the grit­ting on the roads. Of 799 peo­ple, 707 said the coun­cil was not pre­pared - 88pc. Al­most 750 out of 896 re­spon­dents said Macclesfield’s roads could not cope in the snow.

Stan Wiseman, of Wil­low Mead Drive, Prest­bury, said: “This snow was fore­cast last week and the coun­cil should have been pre­pared.”

A Cheshire East spokesman said pri­mary routes are treated be­fore mi­nor roads and ex­tra re­sources were made avail­able for sec­ondary routes and town cen­tre paths. Coun­cil­lor David Top­ping, Cabi­net mem­ber for ser­vice com­mis­sion­ing, said that by Thurs­day work­ers had used more than 400 tonnes of salt and treated high­ways three times.

He said: “Our staff are to be praised.

“We have over 1,000km of high­way to grit and teams have worked very hard.”

The Met Of­fice has said the North West has a 90pc prob­a­bil­ity of se­vere cold weather, icy con­di­tions or heavy snow in the next week.

●● Joe Ol­lier took this scene (above) of the snow cov­ered streets, while Mark Beres­ford snapped this an­nounce­ment taped out­side Park Royal School (left)

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