Snowy weather

City centre snow scene

Snowy and icy conditions are set to affect Merseyside in the next couple of days.

Liverpool City Council is working to make sure services will be unaffected and keep residents informed of any changes.

We will publicise details of any changes to services on this website, on our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/lpoolcouncil and via the local media.

School Closures (Friday 22 March)

Belle Vale Primary School

Broadgreen International School

Broughton Hall

Cardinal Heenan

Childwall College

Corinthian Primary

Four Oaks

Garston CE Primary

Heygreen Primary

Hunts Cross Primary

Kirkdale St Lawrence

Middlefield

Millstead Special School

Monksdown Primary

Much Woolton RC Primary School

Newfield

Norman Pannell Primary School

Nugent (Billinge)

Our Lady of Assumption Primary, Belle Vale

Pinehurst School will be closing at 1pm today due to snow

Pleasant Street

Primary Education Centre, Mill Road

Princes

Roscoe Primary

Sandfield Park School

SFX College

Smithdown Primary

St Clare’s Primary

St John Bosco College

St Nicholas Primary School

St Silas School

St Teresa of Lisieux

Whitefield Primary

Woolton Primary

Travelling to work

Please adopt a common sense approach when travelling to work and consider other means of travel where appropriate.

• Check websites before you set off and listen to local radio.

For regular updates on traffic incidents, and whether buses and trains are running smoothly, please check:

www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/liverpool
www.merseyrail.org
www.merseytravel.gov.uk

General travel advice
Priority routes will be gritted regularly. For details of the 205 miles of roads that we treat, please log on to:

www.liverpool.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/winter-gritting/

Gritting is taking place of pavements in district centres and areas of high footfall.

Take care of yourself – and your neighbours

NHS Merseyside is reminding residents to take extra care and to check on their neighbours.

Illnesses related to cold weather cost the NHS £1.36bn every year, and are responsible for more than 27,000 deaths in the UK each winter, according to new research from Age UK, so it’s more important than ever to look after yourself and vulnerable neighbours during a cold snap.

Dr Emer Coffey, Associate Director of Public Health for Liverpool, explains: “With the weather expected to remain bitter over the next few days, all residents should take precautions to stay warm. This is particularly important for elderly people, very young children and people with medical conditions, like high blood pressure or heart problems.

“Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses and flu and, every year, people suffer serious injuries due to slipping and falling on ice.”

There are simple precautions that people can take to protect themselves.

• Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls. If you have to go out, make sure you dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothes to trap body heat. Don’t forget gloves and a hat.
• Make sure to keep your home warm. The main living room should be kept at 21°C during the day. This is really important for rooms where disabled or vulnerable people spend most of their time. Bedrooms should be kept at 18°C at night.
• Keep active to stay warm. Try to move around at least once every hour as moving generates extra body heat and is also good for your health. Dress warmly, eat warm food and take warm drinks regularly
• Keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours to ensure they have warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their home adequately.
• Stay tuned to the weather forecast so that you are not caught out.
• Flu is more common in the cold weather also. Make sure you are protected against flu if you are in at –risk group. A free flu jab is available from your GP for all people aged 65 or over, for people of any age with underlying health conditions even if you feel healthy and is also recommended for all pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy.

For more information please log on to www.nhs.uk or www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter