Snow scenes across town
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)