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Snow and ice updates

In the event of snow or ice then some services may be affected.
Please refer to the relevant council service below for details.
We apologise for any disruption to council services that may be caused.
There are currently no snow or ice alerts in the Adur & Worthing area.

‌If temperatures across the SE of England remain close to, or below, freezing this means that any untreated surfaces will be slippery and overnight freezing may make conditions worsen.

Remember - If you have to be out and about in poor weather conditions please take extra care and only travel if your journey is absolutely essential. If you are out enjoying the snow, please enjoy it safely!

Please click on a topic below to see how it has been affected by adverse weather conditions:

See also other useful information:

and on other websites:

Council offices and cash offices (payments)

In the event of snow or ice then some services may be affected - updates will be posted on:
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We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

It may be best to contact the relevant location before travelling to it:

Main council offices - See council buildings for:

  • Worthing Town Hall
  • Portland House, Worthing
  • The Shoreham Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Commerce Way, Lancing

Payments and cash offices:

  • Please note: The cash office in Portland House closed permanently on 1st April 2016. You can make payments using your barcoded bill or invoice at the Post Office or any PayPoint outlet. Alternatively you can use Direct Debit, or pay online on our website, or by phone on 0300 123 6002. If you have any queries please ask at any of our council office reception desks.

Cancelled meetings:

Cancelled events:

See also other locations/venues/services:

More details will be posted on:

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Recycling and refuse collections

Missed bin collections may occur in the event of snow or ice, and recycling & refuse collection services may be affected - a detailed service update is available below.
Further updates will be posted on:
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Further general information, advice and FAQs are available below this update

Snow - waste truckPlease note:

  • During periods of snow and ice we aim to keep the service going as usual, however it is down to the individual drivers to make the final decision whether roads are safely accessible or not. As a result some roads may not get their collections at the usual time or may even get missed.
  • Moving wheelie bins through deep snow or on ice will slow down the collection process quite considerably from their usual schedule.
  • It takes longer to collect the waste in snowy and icy conditions due to the difficulties wheeling the waste to the vehicles.
  • We are also find that waste can get frozen in the bin, if your bin doesn't get fully emptied you will have to wait until your next collection day.
  • Once we get over any snow or ice related problems your collection day will return to your normal day and stay the same as your collection calendars.
  • In the event of more snow or ice recycling and refuse collections may be further disrupted - more details will be posted on:
  • any recycling and waste queries should be directed to:
  • See also: Rubbish tips (below) and Recycling and waste section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or comments:

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Due to the snow and ice my bin(s) were not emptied on my normal collection day, when are you going to empty them?

We will be emptying your bins on your normal next scheduled collection day. So, for example, if your bins were not emptied on Friday last week, we will be collecting them this Friday.

We will also collect all extra side waste that this delay may have caused (whilst the snowy conditions persist). Please bag any extra waste securely to stop it blowing up the street, and to deter birds and animals, and label any bags that are full of recycling waste.

However if there are still roads which we are unable to get into, those road affected will get collected when the weather improves, or will also have to wait until your next collection day.

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How do you decide whether my road is suitable to empty my bins in snowy or icy conditions?

We will attempt to reach everyone but it is the driver's call as to whether it is safe to drive a large waste truck up and down streets.

They need to take into consideration the safety of the crew, pedestrians, and people's properties and vehicles.

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I have seen the truck go past my house which is on a hill but they didn't stop to empty the bins, but they did the other houses at the top or the bottom!

The weight of a waste truck is much heavier than a private car.

On some roads the conditions are such that the driver considers it unsafe to stop, either because it is possible they wouldn't be able to get going again or would be unable to stop safely and may end up sliding if they did stop.

The truck's driver needs to take into consideration the safety of the crew, other pedestrians and road users, and people's properties and vehicles.

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One or more of my bins has disappeared - what do I do?

One of the problems the recycling and refuse crews have experienced in the past is that in snowy and icy conditions bins can slip into the back of vehicles and get damaged, this may happen again.

If you find that any of your bins have gone missing please let us know (telling us which colour bin: grey, blue, or green) on 01903 851729 or send Adur & Worthing Council Services (waste) an e-mail and we will arrange for another bin to be delivered as soon as we can.

In the meantime please bag any waste you produce securely to stop it blowing up the street, and to deter birds and animals, and label any bags that are full of recycling waste.

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When should I put my bins out?

We have had comments from the public that they didn't put their bin out because they assumed collections would be suspended so have missed their collections - in this case they may have to wait until next week to be collected.

If we do miss or cannot get to customers on your usual collection day we will clear all domestic waste (weather permitting) on your usual collection day, there will not be a problem with any side waste (extra bin sacks) that may have been produced in the meantime. Please bag any extra waste securely to stop it blowing up the street, and to deter birds and animals, and label any bags that are full of recycling waste.

We apologise if your collection is missed and will endeavour to collect it as soon as weather conditions permit.

Please continue to put your bins out as normal on your normal collection day - if they are not collected then please leave them out, if possible, as it may get done this week (weather permitting). If it doesn't go this week then all will be cleared next week.

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I've got too much recycling material to fit in my wheelie bin, what should I do with it?

We are getting a number of calls regarding excess recycling and its containment. Due to the current snowy and icy situation we will take any extra recycling in black sacks,

Please bag any extra waste securely to stop it blowing up the street, and to deter birds and animals, and label any bags so its obvious that it is recycling and not normal refuse.

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Rubbish tips
(Household Waste Recycling Sites)

In the event of snow and ice rubbish tips may be running a reduced service - please use the relevant weblink(s) below to check details and find contact information.

Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) are also known as Amenity Sites, Civic Amenity Sites, Rubbish Dumps, Recycling Centres and Tips.

The Household Waste Recycling Sites are run by Viridor Waste Management on behalf of West Sussex County Council, Adur & Worthing Councils have no responsibility for these sites.

Please contact the relevant site(s) for the current situation and opening times before you travel using the links below:

See also: Rubbish tip section

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Gritting and icy pavements

Snow ploughs and gritting are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council.
If you have an issue with gritting, snow ploughs, road clearance or pavements please refer to the information and links below.

See:

West Sussex County Council has also produced a short video about gritting which is available via the link below:

Snow - clearing pavements

Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself:

See: advice on clearing snow - on the gov.uk website

Statement from West Sussex County Council (WSCC):

"We cannot salt every road in the county but we do help a number of parish, town, district and borough councils keep our county moving during bad winter weather through salt supplies.

Suitable locations for salt bins and bulk bags are identified through local winter management plans. The bins are filled ahead of the winter season. Once empty they may be replenished by the local community if a supply of bulk bags was agreed under the local winter management plan.

Please ask your local parish, town, district or borough council if you would like them to consider adding a new salt bin for the next winter season.

Please be aware however that during a snow event neither the County Council nor the local councils will be able to respond to any additional requests for salting as our resources will be required to keep the main routes open."

Statement from Adur & Worthing Councils:

“In the event of snow and ice Adur & Worthing's tidy teams may be redeployed to clear ice from pavements in busy town centres and secondary shopping areas across the two districts. The situation will be reassessed daily in the morning - depending on the weather - to see if any more clearing is needed.

In the meantime if snow or ice is about we urge residents to take care and only go out if absolutely necessary. We will do our best to keep main town centre pavements and pedestrian routes clear to assist West Sussex County Council.

If anyone knows of a vulnerable neighbour please see what you can do to help them in this unusual cold snap.”

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Schools closures

The decision to close a school is made on an individual basis by the headteacher of the school following an assessment of the situation and the number of staff present or who are able to make it into the school. Schools are run by West Sussex County Council (WSCC).

On the web: please use the links below to check for full details of current school closures:

On the radio: listen to the following stations for updates or visit their websites:

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Car parks

In the event of snow and ice car parks will remain open but users are advised to take extreme care if any snow or ice is present.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Leisure centres, Worthing Theatres and Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

These are expected to be open as normal, however in the event of snow or ice some may close early or operate reduced opening hours. Updates will be posted on the relevant leisure venue's website - see links below.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

You may want to contact the relevant facility for their current opening arrangements before you travel to any of them.

Please see the relevant leisure website(s) for full current up to date information:

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Libraries and library services

Libraries are a West Sussex County Council service. These are all expected to be open as normal, however in the event of snow or ice some may close early or operate reduced opening hours.

You may want to contact the relevant library for their current opening arrangements before you travel to any of them.

For library contact details, and information about library services, see our library section.

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Worthing Crematorium

In the event of snow and ice updates will be posted on the Worthing Crematorium website: other updates may also be added on:
Adur & Worthing Councils - Facebook & Adur & Worthing Councils - Twitter
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Services:

  • Please contact your relevant funeral director who will have been informed of any changed arrangements or if families have decided to cancel.
  • Please contact the crematorium for details.
  • If any services do get postponed because of the snow and ice they will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Access to the crematorium and parking:

  • We have gritters and a snow plough on standby for in case they are needed and we will try to keep disruption to services as minimal as possible.
  • Access to the crematorium may be difficult if conditions on surrounding roads are affected.
  • There may be some areas where the public will have to take extra care (eg when snowy or icy: the approach road needs extra caution when driving on it; gardens may be accessible but with care).
  • Please note that spaces will be limited at the car park and will likely be full with people attending services (please car share if possible).
  • There will be limited access to some parking bays and the gardens.
  • The cemetery service may be affected.

See also:

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Travel and traffic news

Remember to take care:

  • Only travel if your journey is absolutely essential.
  • Please be aware that roads and pavements may well be icy following an overnight freeze or fall of snow.
  • Always take care when out and about.

Public transport: To find out how public transport has been affected please use the relevant links in our travel section:

Road travel and other useful travel news:

Traffic updates on the radio: listen to the following stations or visit their websites:

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Travel advice - drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Useful advice when snowy or icy conditions are present

  • Consider whether your journey is essential, if it is, check the local and national weather forecasts before setting out, if it isn't then stay at home.
  • ALWAYS:
    • Let people know where you are going
    • Let people know when you set off and when you expect to arrive
    • Let people know when you have arrived safely

Tips for:

Drivers

  • If you are in any doubt as to the weather conditions, or your ability to drive in them, always err on the side of caution and leave your vehicle at home.
  • Please slow down and take extra care on icy or snowy roads especially in sheltered rural areas and residential roads, main roads have been gritted but extra care should be taken by all including pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Drive with care even after roads are salt treated and keep your distance - it can take more than 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions.
  • If driving, listen to your local or national radio stations for up to date travel news.
  • Keep an emergency pack in your car's boot (warm clothes, food, drink/water, boots, a torch, a spade and a fully-charged mobile phone with you in case of a breakdown, etc) - you may need it if you get into trouble.
  • See also: driving in adverse conditions - on the gov.uk website

Pedestrians

  • Please take extra care when out and about, slippery icy or conditions could be hidden underneath snow and could cause injury if due care and attention is not taken.
  • The town centre and district shopping area pavements have been gritted and are being actively cleared.
  • Non-town centre area pavements may still be untreated, therefore please take caution.
  • If you feel you have to walk in the road due to the pavement conditions please be aware of road traffic around you, and wear high visibility clothing to help motorists spot you - especially in darker conditions.
  • Wear stout footwear.
  • If going out consider taking your evening shoes with you but using sensible shoes to get to your destination - high heels and snow, for example, do not mix!
  • See also: advice on clearing snow - on the gov.uk website

Cyclists and motorcyclists

  • If you are in any doubt as to the weather conditions, or your ability to ride in them, always err on the side of caution and leave your bike at home.
  • To be safe you are strongly advised to leave your bike at home and either walk or use other forms of transport.
  • But if you really feel you must take your bike out then you are advised to wear high visibility clothing and use your lights to ensure motorists can see you.
  • Take extreme care on slippery surfaces (which may not be obvious, ice and black ice cannot always be seen).
  • Being on two wheels can be extremely dangerous in slippery conditions, even if you manage to stop safely other road users may not and may slide into you.
  • If in any doubt about the conditions leave your bike behind, or get off and push your bike, or lock it up safely out of the way and come back for it when the weather improves.
  • See also: driving in adverse conditions - on the gov.uk website

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Keeping up to date with the latest local and national weather news

Please see the following external websites for up-to-date weather warnings and severe weather forecast information:

There is a local weather station on Shoreham Beach with real-time weather information:

For lots of other links to weather forecasts and information:

On the radio - listen to the following stations or visit their websites:

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NHS and Health issues

Statement from South East Coast Ambulance service:

"Just to make you aware that in the event of adverse weather in the region, we are asking people to only call us when it is a life-threatening emergency and that we are going to take longer to reach patients with less serious emergencies. Therefore we are saying that if people do have a less serious emergency consider contacting NHS Direct or make own way to walk-in centre, or minor injury unit."

Useful external websites:

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West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is a department of West Sussex County Council.

Messages from them about:

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Stay away from areas of frozen water

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay away from areas of frozen water, as the current icy conditions look set to continue.

Over the last decade over 20 people have drowned in the UK as a result of venturing out onto ponds and lakes that have frozen over. More than half of these were trying to rescue other people or dogs. In many instances the dogs managed to scramble out to safety, while the owner, unfortunately, did not.

The West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's Technical Rescue team, who are all fully trained and equipped to carry out specialist ice rescues, say:

"A frozen lake or stream can look safe, but there is really no way of knowing how thick the ice is and whether it will hold your weight, so the advice is to simply stay clear of it. People should take extra care around the edges of waterways because a layer of snow can easily disguise thin ice underneath."

"For dog owners the safest option is to keep your dog on a lead and avoid throwing sticks or balls near frozen water so they cannot run out onto the ice. We'd also ask that parents talk to their children about the dangers of skating or playing on frozen water."

"If you do see an animal in difficulty do not try to rescue it yourself - if the ice is too thin to support a dog's weight, it certainly won't support yours. Instead call 999 and give the emergency services as much information as you can about your location and what has happened."

Burst pipe? Make sure you know what to do says West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to call a qualified plumber rather than the emergency services if their water pipes burst in the thaw that follows icy weather conditions, providing their life is not in danger.

But if electrical appliances are involved and the situation is at all risky, the advice is to call 999.

Burst pipes can occur when freezing temperatures rise and a thaw starts following an icy spell.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service offers the following advice to keep your home's water supply running smoothly and help prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • The key thing is to find your stop tap, which is usually under your kitchen sink or the under stairs cupboard.
  • This is the tap that stops the water supply entering your home so if you know where it is you can turn the water off quickly, to prevent flooding in your home.
  • If you do get a burst pipe, turn off the stopcock and central heating boiler and call a qualified plumber.
  • If you are planning on leaving your home or office unattended for long periods, turn off the water supply, outside taps and exposed pipes.

Other safety tips include:

  • Make sure that all taps are turned off properly, especially last thing at night.
  • Insulate any exposed water pipes with felt, pipe wrap or other suitable insulating material and cover any outside pipe or fitting with a waterproof material.
  • Make sure your cold-water tank is insulated and leave central heating on a frost-protect setting overnight.
  • Have you considered looking up the contact numbers of qualified plumbers and electricians so you have them available in an emergency? Consider sourcing them through a company such as 'check a trade' or the WSCC 'buy with confidence' directory.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service don't want to deter people from dialling 999 if they feel there is a risk to life as a result of flooding water damaging electrics. But they ought to be aware of where their property's stopcock and fuse box are, so they can make themselves safe.

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Volunteering - how can you help?

Alongside the excellent work of our public services in responding to the severe weather, we have seen many tremendous examples of the way local communities have pulled together.

Volunteering your time can make a big difference to those who are struggling during the cold snap. For advice on where you can help we would encourage those interested in lending a hand to contact their local volunteer centre.

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